Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #121 - August 20, 2003
Well, we decided to do the miles & get to
Hanover by Friday. We headed out pretty early. Just about a mile
down the trail, before Woods State Park, I slipped on a rock and
went down at full force. I whacked the knee I hurt the other day
and I just laid there on the ground, howling in pain! Andy turned & came
to help me, but I couldn't even get up right away even with him
helping. The pain subsided after a bit and I washed it up. Got
a bit of a gash and a stiff knee. It was hurting when I walked
and so we stopped @ the State Park office for a break & cold
pop. At that point we were wondering if we should change our minds & go
into town. It'd still be easy to get a ride. Decided to go on & make
up some good time & miles.
After I got walking, my knee loosened up & was
doing ok. It was a pretty tough hike today though. Nothing too
major, but a lot of climbs, it seemed. Some pretty steep. We're
tenting again at Wintturi Shelter. The weather's still nice, but
rain by Friday I think.
Less than 500 miles left, now. 470 or so. It's
tough knowing that we have the most difficult sections yet to come!
But they're also the most beautiful. I pray for good weather!
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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.