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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #70 - June 11, 2003

9:00 PM - Had a nice peaceful night in our tent @ Hog Pen Gap. Even had a swing in a tree. Got up around 6, and were hiking by 7, to make it for the free lunch shuttle.

We were an hour early - there @ 11:30. Had to walk down a hill on a gravel road for a half mile(?) or so. We sat and waited and waited. Loser & Dutch showed a little before 12:30. We waited longer. It was 1:00 then, and no sign of the shuttle. Dutch decided there really was no such thing as a free lunch & left. Around 1:15 we decided the shuttle wasn't coming, so we got up to leave. Lo & behold - a truck came rambling up the road! Lois of the Dutch Haus B & B loaded us in & brought us down to Montebello. Stopped @ teh store & got some ice cream & a couple snacks. Then she took us for lunch @ her place - hot dogs, oranges, potato salad & lemonade. We were very glad we hadn't left. She brought us back to the road afterwards. Thanks for the free lunch! :)

After that it was about 5 miles to The Priest Shelter. Started thundering a couple miles before, but the rain held our till we got here. Ate a lot & relaxed a bit. Here with Loser, Spunky, LeapYear, Fenix, Shwag & Oddwalla. Maybe on to Rusty's Hard Time Hollow Hostel tomorrow? Waynesboro Friday for sure.

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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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