Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #87 - July 7, 2003
8:40 PM - I think it was 12 miles or so before
we were in Duncannon. The trail runs right through town. Everyone
we had talked to had planned to stay at the Doyle Motel - an old,
old hotel that has rooms for hikers mostly. Shared bathrooms, no
TV's or anything like that. They've got a bar downstairs where
we were looking forward to hanging out, but wouldn't you know,
they were closed on Sundays. Checked on the cost of a room anyway,
and it was $23.00. We thought too much for no luxuries or air conditioning,
so figured we'd go down the street to the Pub to decide what to
Had a big plate of nachos there along with a
couple of beers. Even got a couple of "chips" good for
free beers, but we had to catch a shuttle to the grocery store
at 3:00, so we'd have to have them later.
Picked up some food, and then it was back to
the Pub. Quite a few people had shown up. We sat with Jitterbug,
Hoover, Blink Blink and Pitstop and had more free beer. Again had
to leave to get our laundry done. That was an interesting experience
in itself, since we had to wash most of our clothes, including
the ones we had on, and there were NO bathrooms to change in at
the Laundromat! Before I knew it, Andy was naked in the middle
of the aisle & whipping on his clean boxer shorts, when a lady
came in & straight down the aisle. She did not seem amused.
At least I had the courtesy to go in the back corner where it was
Finally made a decision to stay at the campground
about a mile further down the trail. It was an OK place - $3.50
each to tent, and they had showers. That night we went up the road
to the 24-hour truckstop. We risked our lives to cross a four-lane
(not divided, though) highway (busy highway) to go have some chicken
strips & a burger. We're lucky in the fact that the day's storm
came through while we were inside!
Got a late start today - 10:00. After 8 miles,
some people from Loser's church had trail magic for us! Cheeseburgers,
salad, hot dogs, chips, watermelon, lemonade - it was delicious.
Started thundering pretty good while we were there, so headed out
again shortly. Never rained much, though. Tonight we're tenting
at a spot near a spring. Heard some deer snorting, and I hope they
don't come investigate, as we don't have our rainfly closed because
of the heat. It's a little creepy being exposed with just the netting
dividing you from the dark woods. The mosquitoes are driving me
nuts, buzzing outside.
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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.