Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #76 - June 19, 2003
9:30 PM - OK, We got sucked into going to town.
Two section hikers who had their cars right by the shelter offered
to give us a ride. Went about 3 miles out of the park to the Country
View Motel. The caretaker said he didn't have any rooms available
but he did have a "cottage" on the river in town that
we could stay @ for the same price - $35. OK, we said. He drove
us the other 3 or so miles into town to the "cottage." It
was kind of a little shed-turned-apartment that he rents by the
week. On the same lot was an old house, but not just a house -
he called it the boarding house. Great! We hiked almost 900 miles
to be murdered in some backyard shed in the bad part of Elkton,
VA! The place was pretty cool, though. No one else was around,
and our little "home" had all the comforts including
stove, refridgerator & microwave. AND cable, of course. Even
had a stray cat for a pet that hung out on the front porch.
After we settled in, we walked up to the grocery
store for resupply & food to eat @ our place. Ate @ the Chinese
Buffet while we were there. When we got back to the cottage, we
found a special treat. Our kitty friend had torn up a rabbit and
left the bottom half on the doormat, guts spilling out & all.
Had an alright night. Cooked cheeseburgers & pigged
out on all kinds of stuff. The guy picked us up in the morning & we
were on the Trail again by 9:30. Hiked about 13 miles to Bearfence
Hut. Less than a mile before was the campstore, so we stopped for
some ice cream & stuff. Saw 2 bears today - Yay! - finally.
The first just stood on the Trail for quite awhile until we annoyed
it enough. It walked about 20 feet off & we passed it by. The
second was a lone cub - not sure where the mom was, so we cruised
In the shelter tonight. I was startled when I
pulled out my sleeping bag and found it smells like the cheeseburgers
we cooked last night!
YIKES! Stay away, bears....
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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.