Amicalola Falls State Park is approximately 70 miles north of Atlanta Georgia. There are 604 stairs that were constructed alongside the falls. The park also has a steep paved road and plenty of single track. The Chattahoochee National Forest is all over the place up there.
I spent a lot of time, put in a lot of miles, spent hundreds of nights in my car or tent, and was,without knowing it, training for the Epic Journey.
In July of 2011 the park management allowed me to start around 4:00 am and I went up and down the 604 stairs 50 times. That’s 60,400 stairs and over 17,000 feet of climbing. It took a little over 17 hours. This turned out to be a good way to prepare for what was to come.