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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

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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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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