Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #74 - June 16, 2003
7:30 PM - Guess what we were treated to today?
Another day of rain - aaaaaaaaAAAAHHHHHHHHH! Planned on 26 miles
to the second hut, but as soon as the rain started getting to us,
we weren't so sure anymore.
What is the deal with this park? WHY is it a
park? The most exciting and/or interesting thing we've seen about
it so far is there are stores right off the Trail! The landscape
is the same as the rest of VA, there are hardly any viewpoints
- none, actually, yet, I don't think, except for the pulloffs on
the road, which we seem to cross at least once every mile. Hopefully,
it gets better.
Ended up doing only 13 miles to the first shelter
of the day - Blackrock Hut. Got here around 1:00, but OH WELL!
I'm sick and tired of this stupid rain! Will try to do 21 miles
tomorrow and we're definitely hitting the storein 7 miles to pig
out on some ice cream, etc. At this rate: low miles, big food,
I will start gaining weight!!
By the way, it stopped raining shortly after
we got here. The guys JUST built a fire, and now it started raining
AGAIN! Argggghhhhhh! Here with Green Turtle and 2 section hikers.
Mountain Hardwear Nutshell Low Gaiters - Inner
Coating peeled off within first month. Holes worn on inside of
ankles. BUT Mtn HW sent me a new pair in Troutville!
Asolo FSN 95 GTX - Women's size 9. Got huge blisters
on heels to begin with - possibly the boots were too large & slipping.
Within the last couple weeks, seams are beginning to rip, so water
is getting in - filled with seam sealer & should be OK. Biggest
complaint - tread is quite worn & will have to buy a new pair
NOTE: Morph saw three cubs and a mama bear today & he
was hiking about 10 minutes ahead of us - we missed them!
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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.