Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
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
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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.