Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #68 - June 9, 2003
9:55 PM - Surprise, surprise - woke to another
rainy morning @ Thunder Hill Shelter. Well, I guess it wasn't raining
right away. Left around 7:30 AM, and the rain started somewhere
along the way.
Cruised through the easy terrain and were at
the James River Footbridge around 12:30 or so. By this point we
were soaked yet again and had made up our minds to go into town
and stay for the night. At the road we were lucky to bump into
a guy whose son is thru-hiking. He was going to be doing Trail
Magic there. We had Cokes, fruit and donuts (Krispy Kremes), and
then he gave us a ride to Glasgow, VA. Yippee!
Stayed @ the Wright Place Motel, did laundry,
stuffed our guts with junk food and all that jazz.
Left late this morning - around noon. We had
a hard time getting a ride back to the Trail - no one stopping,
not even many going in the right direction. Finally a girl in a
pickup stopped for us. We crammed in the bed of the mini truck
with all kinds of other junk. I don't know if it's because we have
been going 2 mph for the last 2 months, or if everyone in the south
drives like hell, but every time I am in a car, I am holding on
for dear life and trying not to puke.
Did 15 miles out of town to a campsite along
Little Irish Creek where there is Big Trail Magic! A guy (former
thru-hiker) and his wife are here until Thursday cooking dinner
and breakfast - YAY! Had a hot dog, beans, coleslaw & pop when
we got here. Breakfast (real breakfast) in the morning! Oh-and
the sun was shining all day, and we tented by choice. Tomorrow
is even supposed to be nice, too! :)
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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.