Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #39 - May 2, 2003
Ended up in Erwin yesterday after a fairly easy
day. Were planning on heading to the Super 8, but right off the
trail was Johnnys Hostel. Everyone had had bad things to
say about the place & that he was a jerk. Walked up to the
place to call the Super 8 for a shuttle & the lady outside
asked if wed like to see the cabin they had available for
$27. Checked it out & decided to take it. It was a nice little
private bunkhouse w/a TV, microwave & refrigerator. Showered
in the bathhouse & lounged around for a while. We had been
craving pizza, and the lady said she could shuttle us into town,
so we headed out front to go to Pizza Hut. Then we met Uncle Johnny,
who carried on about why the hell we would want to go to Pizza
Hut when there are all these other great places. Whatever, Johnny.
Well, we got to the Hut after all. Got the salad bar, breadsticks & a
large pizza. Ended up taking most of the pizza with us, as our
eyes were bigger than our stomachs. After, we went to the dollar
store & grocery store to resupply our food. Got back to the
room & watched movies & ate more. Rained off & on during
the day, so we were glad to be in town. Had a good sleep, too.
In the morning we got a ride in for breakfast.
Went to the library & some antique shops, etc. around town.
Got a ride @ Erwin Burrito from Blaze & his dad. Left the hostel
around 2. About a mile in we started hearing thunder rolling in.
It was maybe another 15 minutes when I started to hear a rushing
sound behind us. I think we better put our rain jackets on
NOW! I said. Within a minute the rain started and the wind
came roaring through the gap. I remembered all the signs we kept
seeing, about watching for falling branches pine beetles
are killing all the trees. We have to watch for falling limbs! I
yelled. The thunder & lightning kept on and I was not happy.
We kept climbing higher and higher, much to our dislike. Lightning
was cracking and it came to a point where we didnt want to
go any higher, so we waited. It seemed to be moving away after
a while, so we continued cruising up the mtn. Finally got to Curly
Maple Gap Shelter, and thankfully there was just enough room for
the 2 of us. Were here with 56, Katouri, 56s brother,
Cindy and Lion King. After we got here, tons of people came from
the north, slackpacking back to Erwin from Iron Mtn Gap. The mice
are out in full force, so it could be an interesting night. YUCK!
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