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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #103 - July 29, 2003

8:45 PM - Late start again, but still had a pretty big day - 18 miles. OK day of hiking with some nice smooth trails. Lots of rocks, though, too. Yesterday & today we've passed by more old stone walls & foundations than I've ever seen along the whole trail. In some areas you look around to see entire grids of walls laid out through the forest.

6 miles into the day was a good break for lunch - a deli/market .4 miles from the trail. Had pizza & beer. Of course, the main reason we went in was to pickup some groceries to get us to Kent. Passed by a nice lake late in the day - "Nuclear Lake." Guess they used to do nuclear testing somewhere around there, but it seems very healthy & is very pretty. Some people have taken a dip but it was too late for us.

At the Telephone Pioneers Shelter tonight with just Ace again. We seem to have hit a lull in the mad rush of hikers. Took a nosedive on the way to the privy - that's about the most exciting thing I have to say about this place.

746 miles to go. :)

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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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