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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #90 - July 11, 2003

9:40 PM - Fell asleep while it was still light last night and slept until past 7. I guess I needed it.

Left just before 9 and made it in to Port Clinton around 2:30. We're running ahead of schedule, so we beat our mail drop. They have free camping for hikers in town in this big pavilion. It's covered, with a wooden floor, so there are a lot of hikers here. We've got our sleeping pads set out - hopefully there are no mice. Or, not many, at least.

A neat little town, though not much for shopping. They do have an outfitter, but we didn't find anything worth spending money on or carrying.

Have a bar here, too (bar/hotel), so we had a couple of beers and a huge plate of cheese fries. Also have a store called the Port Clinton Peanut Shop - a candy store with everything imaginable. Being so hungry going in, it made my head spin. Could hardly decide on anything, because I wanted everything!! It drives Andy nuts, ha, HA!

Have not been feeling the best the last couple days. A bit of a headache. Maybe I need to drink more water.

Will check for our package in the morning, and possibly stay for lunch - there's a free hiker feed!

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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.




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