Today is a good day! I just received my approval to take a leave of absence from my job to do a 2 month section hike of the AT!

Due to also being a part time college professor I am unable to leave until after finals week which is the week of May 6th. I was thinking of potentially starting that following weekend and heading to Trail days in Damascus and then starting NOBO from there. Thoughts on this? Should I start a little earlier and hike in to Damascus? Other start suggestions are welcome.

Not sure I would stay for all of Trail days, I will be eager to set out on the Trail I am sure.