Okay, have made some tentative plans as to when and where I'll start out on the Trail. If all goes well, I'll leave 04/15, take a bus to Roanoke VA, and catch a shuttle provided by someone who lives in the area to the part of the trail that comes closest to Roanoke.
About $75-100 total for the bus and shuttle. I'm taking the shuttle because otherwise it's a 10 mile walk from Roanoke to the trail. Not that 10 miles daunts me but I'll be arriving late in the afternoon. Either that or stay in a motel for much more than the extra $20 for the shuttle, so worth it to me.
More to come!