Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #142 - September 17, 2003
7:40 PM - Got a ride into Rangeley almost right
away on Monday, so we were in town by 1:00. A nice couple picked
us up & brought us all around the town to show us where everything
was. By this time we had decided we'd stay somewhere. Ended up
getting a good cheap rate at the Town & Lake Motel, right on
Rangeley Lake. There were canoes & kayaks we could use, but
we had too many chores to do, of course! The grocery store was
about a mile away, so we put our laundry in up the street and then
got groceries while we waited. It was another really nice day -
too bad we weren't able to enjoy the weather more, but we were
in town so who cared? Had burgers for dinner at a restaurant in
town and then ice cream & beer & pop at the room, of course!
The next morning we woke to rain - a lot of rain.
We weren't too excited about hiking over the rocky top of Saddleback
Mtn (3 miles exposed - above treeline) in the rain. Makes for slippery
rocks & broken ankles - or necks. So we gave in. Stayed another
night. The rain did let up in the afternoon so we could have waited
around in town & then walked a couple miles to the first shelter,
but who cares. Had a good day relaxing and looking around.
Left early this morning & got a ride from
some guy who told us after we were in the van he could only bring
us part way, (not the whole 9 miles) because he was on duty & his
radio would be out of range. So, he dropped us off down the road
in the middle of nowhere. We weren't sure how far we were from
the trail & no one would pick us up on the highway, so we ended
up walking the rest of the way. Luckily, it was only a mile or
At the first shelter we found Loser, so we hiked
with him today. Also ran into CC atop Saddleback Mtn, doing some
more filming for his documentary. He had been planning on having
a little thru-hiker party @ Baxter State park on the 30th. Hot
dogs, filming, music, etc. By this time we figured we weren't going
to make the end by the 30th. But, he had a bunch of stuff come
up so he's doing it on the 3rd instead. So I really feel like it
is final now. The 3rd was our original "planned" date
to finish. We thought we'd finish earlier, but it just isn't working.
So the 3rd it is! We'll still have to do 13 miles a day to make
it, but it should work. Only 16 more days on the trail. Only 210
miles. Thank God. In case no one's figured it out by now, ha, Ha,
I'm ready to be done. I'm getting kind of nervous about going back
home too, though. I don't want to fall into the same old rut.
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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.