Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #32 - April 23, 2003
Today was pretty good. Made it to Davenport Gap
before noon, and then had to walk 1.5 miles down the road to get
to Mountain Momas Kuntry Store. (Actual, if not
correct, spelling) We had heard many different reviews of
the place; some good, some bad. I thought it was a cool stop. We
had the Huge Cheeseburgers w/fries, and they were wonderful.
Also bought some supplies just a few things to get us to
Hot Springs. Unfortunately, if we had walked a bit longer, we could
have gotten a bunch of good free stuff from the hiker box. There
were a lot of people that showed up that got mail drops with way
too much food. As it was we took some tuna, summer sausage & hot
We took showers nice accommodations w/private
shower, sink & toilet. It was good to be clean after 6 days
in the Smokies!
Oh yes, speaking of which, were now done
with the Smoky Mtns all 70 miles! It is nice to be able
to camp where we want again, and to be out of the crowds.
We left Mountain Momas and Hepcat & Radar
caught up with us shortly. We were unable to get a ride back to
the Trail, so we had to walk the 1.5 miles back. Radar ended up
staying at the Standing Bear Hostel and Andy, Hepcat & I went
on to Painter Bench a site about 2.5 more miles.
It looks like we should be in Hot Springs by
Saturday, so were pretty excited. Might do some long miles
Note: We walked so fast to get to Davenport Gap
(downhill) today that I stepped on a stick and it came up and stabbed
me above the knee OUCH!
Also, theres TONS of poison ivy its
everywhere. It is most likely only a matter of time before were
scratching up a storm.
One MORE thing I believe I saw a Lady
Slipper (flower) on the trail today - just one. Neat! Ill
take a picture if I see another.
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Commonly used guides by A.T. thru-hikers
include the Appalachian
Trail Guides (published by the Appalachian Trail
Conference), the Appalachian
Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion, and the Appalachian
Trail Data Book. The guide series includes a guide
for each section, along with a series of trail maps. The
Thru-Hiker's Companion has helpful info on towns, shelters,
and water. The Data Book has basic distance info for road
crossings, shelters, and other features. All are excellent
tools for use during a long distance hike.