Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #72 - June 14, 2003
Rusty had a rowdy crowd the other night! We sat
on the back porch until dark and then Andy & I decided it was
time for bed. Went up to the bunkhouse where one other guy was
sleeping already. Got settled in to go to sleep & all of a
sudden everyone came up to the room next door & it was movie
time! Rusty had fired up the generator & it was time for "The
Good, The Bad & The Ugly!" I've never heard people so
excited over a dumb movie - or so loud. Oh well - fell asleep anyway.
Got up around 7 & everyone else was still
snoozing. Went down to the cabin & had a nice chat with Rusty.
He really is a dear old guy - likes to have fun & would give
you the shirt off his back - as long as you treat him with respect.
He gave us a ride back to the Trail & we
were on by quarter after 9. The weather was fair, with clearish
skies once in a while. Made it through the 14 miles to the shelter
for dinner without much of a problem - were there by 3:00. I guess
there's a goat that hangs out at that shelter, 5 miles before Rockfish
Gap, but we didn't see it.
The thunder started rumbling just as we got ready
to head out. Were maybe a mile out when the rain started. Light
at first, then pelting and drenching. The rain is really starting
to irritate me as it's too hot for a rain jacket, but I hate the
feeling of getting soaked through.
Well, we cruised over those miles. The rain,
coupled with the fact we were supposed to be passing by an old
settlement that is supposed to be haunted, virtually caused me
to break land speed records. Anyway, made it the 5 miles in an
hour & a half, ridges and all.
Came up into Rockfish Gap and somehow managed
to get offered a ride into Waynesboro before we knew it.
Were able to tent in a grassy area on the outskirts
of town for free, courtesy of the YMCA. A few other hikers were
doing the same. For $2 each, we took showers at the Y. After we
were settled in, we headed for the convenience store where we purchased
all kinds of junk food - ice cream pints, Doritos, M&M's, peanuts
and beer. A true hiker dinner.
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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.