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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

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.




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