Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #140 - September 13, 2003
9:15 PM - Ahh...The Appalachian Trail. Where
else can you bust your butt up 1,500 feet of rock, only to find
a viewpoint obscured by 10 smelly, sweaty, bearded thru-hikers??
Some aspects of this trail are truly starting to disgust me. Oh
well - only 246 miles to go. The climbs are really getting tiring,
though. Does it really make sense that a "footpath" should
require iron foot & hand bars to scale 15-foot rock walls?
I THINK NOT!
Another beautiful day, though. Went over Wyman
and Moody Mtns - about 10 miles, but it was enough - about 7 hours
of work. Got to South Arm Road around 4:00 & set up our tent
by the river. Our plan was to get a ride to the campground 4 miles
down the road to the showers and maybe get a snack or two. Went
up to the road to hitch and almost immediately a guy comes driving
up in a truck with his wife, asking if we want some Oreos. Of course
we did. He then offered to drive us down to the campground & they
waited while we showered & brought us back here! Amazing, the
kindness of strangers. They're section hikers from Massachusetts,
I think. Neighbor Dave & Chickadee. We were back by 6:00 to
have dinner & a fire. A nice night with the stars, and the
moon will be up soon.
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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.