Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #148 - September 25, 2003
7:10 PM - Got into Monson early. Well, got to
the highway early - around noon. Waited quite awhile for a ride.
Eventually a big cruiser pulls up - it was Shaw, from the boarding
house. I don't know how old he was, just very, and was on oxygen.
He drove us into town at 85 mph and I almost needed the oxygen
myself. I thought for sure we were going to crash & burn. We
got there in one piece, though, & he dropped us off at his
place. We didn't want to stay there though. Not sure why, but just
wanted to see if we could find someplace a little nicer. Ended
up staying at The Lakeshore House. It was basically a B & B
behind the laundromat. It was really nice. Decorated like a cabin & with
antiques. There was a full (self) service kitchen with snacks & coffee
all day. We really liked it.
Got a bunch of mail drops & had fun opening
them all. Went to the library, store, etc. - all the fun town stuff.
Had a few beers & a great sleep.
Got back on the Trail around 11:00 today & did
10 miles to Wilson Valley Lean-to. There was actually room
in the shelter, so we decided to stay in since it was supposed
to rain. Here with Loser, Sherpa, Strider, Froggie Pete, and some
Now glad we're in here, cause the rain is starting.
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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.