Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #54 - May 22, 2003
9:15 PM - Woke up in the shelter this morning
before 8 and most everyone was gone. Seems like we've been sleeping
late lately. Got our stuff together & stopped @ the visitor's
center on our way out to use the hand dryers to dry out our clothes
some more. The morning was pretty chilly - got going around 9:40.
It didn't actually rain during the day, but with
the mist & fog, every time the wind blew, we were hit with
drops from the trees.
Around 2 we arrived at the highway interchange
where there were gas stations, restaurants, and a hotel. Stopped & got
a few food supplies @ the store & had a couple hot dogs. It
was tempting to get a room @ the hotel, but we had overspent our
budget in Damascus, so we had to pass it up. Hiked a few more miles
in to the Davis Path Shelter. We were glad to get spaces in the
shelter, as we're not sure if it's going to rain tonight or what.
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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.