Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #95 - July 16, 2003
10:15 PM - A bit of a sprinkly rain this morning,
but nothing big. Glad for that. What a tiring day. Did 20 miles
into Delaware Water Gap. We just wanted to get out of PA once & for
all, and tomorrow we will be. Not sure what had possessed me to,
but in the last registers I had been saying crazy things like "the
rocks aren't so bad" And "they're kind of fun." Ha
- I must have been delirious!! Today was the worst yet. Maybe not
really, but they were driving me INSANE. The whole trail is jagged,
pointy rocks, sticking straight up out of the ground. What makes
it even more maddening is crossing over little dirt roads & paths
that are perfectly clear. But the trail goes on, through the jumbled,
stony mess. Arggggg. But enough of that, since tomorrow we'll be
in New Jersey.
Staying in Delaware Water Gap tonight @ the church
hostel! Too many people to count -we're tenting on the lawn. Got
to take showers, though, thanks be to God - Ha!
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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.