After that I took the MARTA train to the northern most stop and waited for another 6 hikers and the shuttle to arrive. That was more interesting as I could talk to the other hikers. Then an hour drive to Dahlonega with a 30 minute stop at Walmart/Subway to get dinner.
The Hiker Hostel provides a thru-hiker package that includes bunk, shuttles, breakfast, and alcohol (only fuel (:-) for $85. A taxi from Atlanta to the trail is about $150. Spent a couple hours trying to get everything set up here. The hostel location ought to be showing under Cipher on the blog. Not much to photo here--should have got the 14 chickens! Here's what I've got.