Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #119 - August 18, 2003
5:40 PM - Another awesome day, believe it or
not!?! Maybe it's the light at the end of the tunnel that's pulling
my spirits up. Probably it's just the fabulous weather, though.
Got a 7:30 start under blue skies from Greenwall.
It was only a mile and a half to the road into Wallingford. We
got there & there was no traffic, so we were worried! But after
only a couple of minutes a truck came along & picked us up.
Very lucky! Went to the PO for our maildrop, picked up a couple
supplies & ate lunch at a restaurant in town. Unfortunately,
the library was closed, so we didn't think we'd be able to check
our e-mail. But, went to the town hall & the clerk let us use
hers! Very nice. On the way out of town we got a ride from Mrs.
Gorp. Apparently she started the trail a day before us - March
29 - but had to get off because of ankle problems.
After that it was an easy hike to Clarendon River
Gorge where we found Trail magic! Beer & pop & snacks.
The best part was the guys who left it came back while we were
still there to clean it up & made us take the rest! So now
we're at Clarendon Shelter with a couple of beers. Doesn't get
A big climb up Killington Mtn tomorrow...
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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.