Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #57 - May 25, 2003
9:45 PM - 25 miles today - surprised we did it,
kind of! The hiking was pretty easy, so we were glad. Started out
around 8:30, and somewhere around 1:00, we hit the road that goes
into town. We weren't planning on it, really, but had entertained
the idea of getting more food. As luck would have it, while we
were standing at the road looking at the map, a guy in a truck
pulled up & asked if we wanted a ride into Bland. Said he'd
give us a ride back, too, since he was only going to be in for
an hour or so. We decided to go, and bought some goodies at the
grocery store. Ate a pint of ice cream and bananas. Picked up a
huge box of oatmeal cream pies and a can of cheese balls, so we
can pig out the next couple days hiking. We never seem to have
enough food to be able to snack properly.
Got into the shelter - Jenny Knob - just as the
rain started. It's full, so we got the tent set up. Ate late -
around 9:00 - before getting inside.
Hoping everything is going well at home. Called
my mom & dad today, and my dad's going in for surgery on Wednesday.
Funny how stupid you can feel about all the complaining you did
about insignificant things one day, and the next you're just glad
you're here, and hoping everything works out for the best.
So they won't be meeting us in Troutville on
the 2nd, but hopefully they'll be out later in the summer. We'll
still push to get to Pearisburg, since we're ready for a hotel
(over a week now since we left Damascus - laundry, etc.), but after
that, who knows.
-Oh, and guess what we did tonight - hung our
food bag in the shelter - oh well!
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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.