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[at-l] Ready's Journal: June 21 Thursday TD
- Subject: [at-l] Ready's Journal: June 21 Thursday TD
- From: email@example.com (kahley)
- Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 14:08:03 -0500
>2 days off - rested and healed ? - or gone soft?.... We'll see....
>We'd spent the time off resting, eating, chatting with other hikers and
>staff at the ATC headquarters, and mostly - it seemed - at the local
>We finally found a shoe set-up that we think will sudffice. new Balance
>803's with Dr. School's gel inserts and superfeet inserts. Socks that
>actually fit me. The heels are at my heels, instead of halfway up my
>calf! Whose genius is it to size socks in a range from 5.5 to 10!? Could
>a size 10 really wear a size 5.5!? Those socks are size 10's and nobody's
>ever gonna convince me otherwise.
>We spent some time with GittEr Done who had been considering leaving the
>trail. After a trip to the outfitter and some serious tuckerizing she went
>from a 30+ pound back down to a 15 pound pack, and made the decision to
>keep hiking. You go, girl! Laura, the owner of the outfiters is a pearl,
>and fun as well!
>Well boys and girls, the most profound thing I learned today is the
>delight of hiking in a skirt. I know that the term "freedom hikin' is
>already taken, and that's a shame, cuz this is truly Freedom hiking! It's
>coolerand definitely more comfortable than shorts, which tend to chafe.
>Up later than we'd hoped to be today. I just needed more sleep, and so we
>had curled up and gone back to sleep. I had fallen into a deep sleep,
>demonstrating perhaps that the need for sleep had been very pronounced.
>When we finally got up, sometime after 9, it was rush hour at the Hilltop
>House Hotel, room#46! We were out of our room by 10, but the sending of
>my emails took a long time . We headed off to the ATC Headquarters around
>10;45. From there it was to the post office, to mail off our bump boxes
>and to redirect our intercepted 'late' boxes; then to the convenience
>store for cheese and jam; to a retaurant to eat lunch; and finally back to
>the ATC headquarters for our last little get-on-the-trail chores.
>We were only on the trail by 1:40, almost 2 hours later than our latest
>target time for starting today's scheduled 17-miler.
>We started our hike in town, following the blazes past many historical
>landmarks - fascinating! I really enjoyed seeing the steps which the
>original townspeole had carved out of the rock, as well as the Jefferson
>Rock - a slab of shale high above town and mounted on four small
>pillars. It was a beautiful and simple monument to both Jefferson and the
>splendid views the signs claimed he'd enjoyed in his day.
>We hiked over the walk bridge and onto the C&O Canal path. Easy walking
>with wildlife galore! All along the path we saw a variety of
>species: turtles sunning themselves on logs in the water; a heron which
>took flight as we watched; ducks and ducklings; geese and gosslings; a
>beaver that was drinking at the water's edge, but slipped into the water
>as we approached; one rabbit; and two fawns, whom we saw together, but who
>were obviously different ages - one was considerably smaller and less mature.
>We walked on a lot of rocks in Maryland in this stretch of Maryland. It
>will be good practice for the trail in Pennsylvania.
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