Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #48 - May 13, 2003
9:10 PM - Andy was feeling alright this morning,
so we went and had breakfast @ The Sidetrack Cafe (would not recommend
their breakfasts) and then bummed around town for awhile. Got our
stuff together then and headed out. Made a couple stops on the
way out of town. One at the outfitter where we saw Radar & Thumper.
Both of them were only hiking to Damascus, so they were taking
it easy. Stopped again at the Ole Barn for ice cream.
The hiking was pretty easy but Andy was not feeling
his best, and I felt pretty tired and had a bit of a stomach ache.
Decided to stop after 6 or 7 miles when we found a nice campsite
by a river. We are also right next to the Virginia Creeper Trail
- a bike/hiking/horse trail that follows and old railroad line.
Tomorrow we'll probably take it easy again -
only 10 or so miles. I am hoping I don't come down with THE BUG.
Probably just ate too much in town.
Summer seems to be here, and so the woods have
really become green now. Also, the terrain is supposed to ease
up some in Virginia, so hopefully we'll be able to rack up the
miles. Well, after Trail Days, that is.
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Preparing to Hike
the Appalachian Trail?
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.