Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
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.