Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #136 - September 9, 2003
7:05 PM - Not sure what I last wrote, since I
sent my journals home.
Had a half hour walk from the Rattle River Shelter
to the road, and then got a ride into Gorham. Even though the Barn
hostel was supposed to be the best, we wanted to get our own room,
especially with me being sick. Went down to the other hostel -
Hiker's Paradise (also the Colonial Comfort Motel) and got a pretty
good deal on a room. TV, phone, fridge, stove, bathroom, bed -
perfect! We'd heard Hiker's Paradise wasn't the place to stay,
but maybe that's just the hostel part. The owners seemed nice enough,
and the place was decent.
Got a few things done since we were in quite
early-10 or so. Got groceries, ate, etc. We were able to use bikes
to ride around town. It was pretty cool to be able to get places
so fast, not having to walk everywhere. Andy's bike got a flat
right away, so he had to switch. Yes, we looked pretty geeky riding
around on our old rusty red and yellow spray-painted bikes, but
that's hiker life. Watched some football too, but were disappointed
we couldn't get the Vikings/Packers game. Vikes won, though - Yippee!
Saw some familiar faces in town - 1/3, Martha Graham, Blink Blink & Scubaman.
Well, Monday rolled around and I felt like I
needed another day, so we stayed again. Glad we did. Relaxed some
more & did more town chores.
Left this morning with heavy packs. We're doing
a couple short days (10 miles) to try to set ourselves up for Mahoosuc
Notch Thursday morning. The weather's supposed to be good all week
Had some nice views on the hike today, and excellent
weather - clear blue skies & sun. It is getting so boring,
boring, boring. I'm ready to be done! Only about 288 miles left.
I've come to the conclusion that only NorthBounders who are still
having a huge amount of fun on a daily basis is either a complete
idiot or super genius. The idiot being incredibly easily amused,
and the genius being able to occupy himself by maybe doing complex
mathematical equations, or maybe he has a photographic memory & can
go to the library, flip through some books and read them in his
head while he's hiking.
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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.