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We arrived at the Holiday Inn Express in Lavonia, GA (just over the SC line on I-85) early afternoon on Friday. Staff from CureSearch –children’s cancer research – and the Oconee County Rescue Squad greeted us with goodie bags: T-shirts, wrist band, flashlight, bottle of water, a walkie talkie to use on the hike and a first aid kit (in some bags). (I got a first aid kit and Mel didn’t. I didn’t want him to feel bad so I slipped the pound-and-a half kit into his bag when he was not looking. I carried my personal first aid kit with bandages, tape, gauze pads designed to stop bleeding and powder to shake into a wound to stop bleeding…yes, I bleed like the Exxon Valdese!).