Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #50 - May 18, 2003
7:40 PM - Finally made it out of Damascus today
- Trail Days is behind us at last.
Thursday we hiked just a few miles to the highway. So, overthe 3 days since
we first left town, we only hiked a total of 17 miles. Pretty lame considering
we had wanted to get possibly 45 miles up, but oh well. We had a couple of
nice nights by the river.
There wasn't much traffic at the highway and
we started to wonder if we'd be able to get a ride. After 15-20
minutes, though, a truck pulled over. He was a thru-hiker from
last year, around our age - Trail name: MacGyver. He gave us a
ride all the way back to Damascus, as that's where he was headed
(for Trail Days). It was fun to hear a bit about his trip along
the way and I looked at some of his pictures. Before we knew it,
we were back in town.
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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.