Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #105 - July 31, 2003
8:25 PM - Had a long day, even though we didn't
get many miles in. Had our coffee & cereal & left camp
before 9 & headed to Kent. Was only a few miles & we were
there. Got the usual town run-around right away. The outfitter
was supposed to have a solar shower, but it was @ their old place
across town. Went there & they said it was broken. Tried @
the church where people had said there was a hostel. The Pastor
said it was broken. We desperately needed showers!! You'd think
a snooty town like Kent would have a shower available somewhere
for stinky thru-hikers, so that they didn't cloud up every uppity
place they went into around town! Finally went back to the outfitter & they
said it was ok for us to use the solar shower @ the other place.
But, since the "solar" part was broken, we'd just have
the hose to use, with cold water. OK, that's fine - went back to
the place & the shower was on the side of the building - a
little platform with a curtain around it, in plain view of the
Chinese restaurant next door. How funny! Well, it did the job & was
refreshing. To say the least!
After that, we did the rest of our town chores
- mail drop, laundry. Grocery shopping. Went to the library & when
we came out someone had left 2 still warm pieces of pizza in a
to-go container on my pack. Asked the other hikers around if they
were theirs - nope. How ODD...We ate them, anyway. After we got
those down, went & found a place to eat again.
It was 6:30 before we left town. The forecast
says rain, but we figured we better leave before we starting spending
too much money. Camped in the woods just a bit up the trail. At
least we made it up the first mountain.
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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.