Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #65 - June 5, 2003
9:15 PM - Everyone pretty much agreed they wanted
to get up early for town. So, we were up @ 6 AM and on the trail
around 7. I think we made it in by noon or so. The Trail came out
right next to a bank, and then onto a busy highway. We crossed
over onto the median and started walking down toward the EconoLodge.
Saw someone else hiking up the road - it was Loser. This was funny,
because an older guy we saw @ Four Pines Hostel had found a pair
of rainpants. We recognized that they were Loser's & said we'd
probably run into him, so we took them. We stood there on the median
talking, then, with cars whizzing by. Told him we'd meet up later
to give him the pants.
Checked into the hotel and headed over to Pizza
Hut for the AYCE salad bar & a small pizza. In the afternoon,
Loser's mom & stepdad came to visit as they live nearby, and
were nice enough to drive us the 2 or 3 miles to the post office
to pick up our maildrop. I also ended up getting a package from
Mountain Hardwear - new gaiters! Free! They had been @ Trail Days & I
told him how my gaiters sucked & were falling apart, so they
offered to send a replacement pair.
Relaxed in our stinky room full of all our wet
gear and later headed down to the Chinese restaurant for the AYCE
dinner buffet - delicious! Rained while we were out, pretty hard,
so we were glad to be in town.
Had a great dessert that night, too. We had picked
up all the stuff for strawberry shortcake @ the grocery store earlier
- an angel food cake, two containers of strawberries, strawberry
glaze and whipped cream. YUM! Had enough for breakfast, too.
to escape town without a zero day & left around noon. Did about
8 or 9 miles to a nice spot here on Curry Creek. Since the weather's nice,
didn't feel the need to go all the way to the shelter. Possibly a 20+ mile
day tomorrow, though, before the weather turns?
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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.