Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #122 - August 24, 2003
7:15 PM - Well, back after another unplanned
vacation. When we left the Wintturi Shelter on the 20th we were
planning on 22 miles, but right away in the day we were beat. Andy
wasn't feeling well either - almost like he was getting sick. At
lunch time he didn't think he'd be able to do 9 more miles to the
next shelter. It was 5 miles to West Hartford where there was a
store. We took a break & ate at the store & made the decision
to get a ride into White River Junction & the Super 8 motel.
It took awhile before someone picked us up & it was getting
late - around 6 or 7, but finally we were on our way. We got a
great deal for a room in which the A/C wasn't working. We took
it for two nights. A zero day -Yippee!!!
So, the next day we took the free bus into Hanover,
NH, where we picked up our mail drops with colder weather gear
and sent back some of our other stuff. Went to the library & to
Ben & Jerry's, and by the time we were done it was around 6:00.
It was too bad that we weren't able to look around the town a bit
more. They had some neat shops & touristy stuff, but also a
lot of snobby expensive type stuff. Dartmouth College town, after
all. But, we wanted to get back and be able to relax at our hotel
room for a while. Unfortunately, we were pretty sure the buses
were done for the day, so we tried to call a cab but the phone
we used wasn't working right. Walked up towards the gas station
then to find another phone when I saw the bus going by - then slamming
to a stop. Andy had flagged it down from behind me. Yippee! It's
funny how often things work out like that. The phone didn't work
so we walked on and ended up catching a free bus.
Back at the hotel we realized we had to eat dinner
so we walked to McDonald's where we pigged out yet again. Stayed
up late watching TV.
Got up in the morning and I did NOT want to leave.
I thought of a great plan where we could get a ride to West Hartford
where we had left the Trail, hike to Hanover, and take a free bus
back to the hotel, then take the bus to Hanover the next morning
and continue hiking. Well, we found out the bus didn't run on the
weekends (it was Saturday). Called a cab company & it was way
too much to spend on 3 rides all over the place. It looked like
we were going to have to hike & I was crushed. It ended up
that Andy said he still wasn't feeling the greatest, and we were
getting such a great room rate that we decided to stay anyway.
Finally, a day to relax, since we were stuck there with only our
feet for transportation. Had a great lunch @ the Chinese Buffet,
swam in the outdoor pool and watched a lot of TV. What a great
mini-vacation. We sure got our fill of their mini-continental breakfast
@ the hotel, too. Andy's pack is stocked with bagels.
I didn't want to leave this morning, either,
but Andy was pretty chipper & it was time to get back on the
Trail. Took a cab back to West Hartford & hiked into Hanover.
Had a good dinner @ a restaurant there and did the mile out of
town to the Velvet Rocks Shelter.
Pretty much a dump, but the weather is still
nice so we're tenting. Orbit just came in & the temp on Mt
Washington was 22 degrees this morning - single digits with wind-chill!!
Roads were closed because of ice! OY! It's gonna
be chilly. But I'd rather have snow then lightning.
My mood sure was poor this morning. Some days
I hate this hike soo much. Then I wonder what's up?, since we did
this because we were unhappy with the way things were before. Now
this is making me unhappy & I want things back to normal. The
main thing we want when we get back is not to get trapped in a
lifestyle we don't want.
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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.