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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #54 - May 22, 2003

9:15 PM - Woke up in the shelter this morning before 8 and most everyone was gone. Seems like we've been sleeping late lately. Got our stuff together & stopped @ the visitor's center on our way out to use the hand dryers to dry out our clothes some more. The morning was pretty chilly - got going around 9:40.

It didn't actually rain during the day, but with the mist & fog, every time the wind blew, we were hit with drops from the trees.

Around 2 we arrived at the highway interchange where there were gas stations, restaurants, and a hotel. Stopped & got a few food supplies @ the store & had a couple hot dogs. It was tempting to get a room @ the hotel, but we had overspent our budget in Damascus, so we had to pass it up. Hiked a few more miles in to the Davis Path Shelter. We were glad to get spaces in the shelter, as we're not sure if it's going to rain tonight or what.

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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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