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[at-l] Ready's Journal: June 23 Saturday
- Subject: [at-l] Ready's Journal: June 23 Saturday
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (kahley)
- Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 20:12:23 -0500
Looks like june 22 pt 2 may have been lost in the pocketmail problems
>We woke up to the sound of breaking sticks early this morning. During the
>night a group of scouts had come in, and all along the exterior of the
>shelter grounds were tents. "Mom" from the family we'd met the night
>before explained that they'd come in "after midnight, with all the thunder
>and lightning." I'd recalled no storm; I'd slept soundly, missing extreme
>weather for the second night in a row. I think I've discovered the cure
>for insomnia - Hike the AT!
>We learned that the family had the trailname, "Oh Oh Spaghettio," earned
>because that's what they'd uttered on their first night out when older
>son, William, had overturned the pot.
>We gathered our things and were on the trail swifly this morning - our
>earliest start so far: 6:50. It started with a climb, but we had energy
>to burn today, and none of the climbs, of which there were many, felt very
>difficult. We hiked in cool, and sometimes, downright chilly temperatures.
>It ws humid, but the coolness made that bearable. Only the wet rocks,
>found all along most ofthe treadway, were obstacles for us.
>We hiked into Pen Mar Park just before 11AM. There was to be a wedding
>here today, we noticed. As we walked through the park, we heard our names
>being called. It was Rambunny! She and her hiking buddy, Fossa, were
>waiting for a ride from a friend with who they would be spending the night.
>We chatted with them as we waited for the concession stand to open. Hot
>chocolate, chicken, fries - Spur added a cheeseburger and a cheesedog. It
>was very chilly, so we moved to a pavilion nearby to eat our food.
>After about an hour, Rambunny's friend had arrived and they went off with
>her. Spur and I left shortly after. Within a few minutes, we'd reached the
>Mason- Dixon Line. I'd completed my 200th mile and had returned to the
>land of "Yankees."
>We hiked strong after lunch, stopping briefly at most of the shelters to
>sign and read the logbooks. We wanted to leave some encouraging notes to
>Gitter Done, who'd only days earlier struggled with the temptation to
>leave the trail.
>With lightened gear, she was leaving Harper's Ferry in a better frame of
>mind. We were rooting for her.
>We hiked on past all the shelters and springs. My feet were not giving me
>any pain and we weighed our options. We finally decided to hike on up the
>next climb and stay at the Rocky Mountain shelter, which we could reach
>by 7, we estimated. This would put our mileage at just over 4 today.
>We got to the shelter about 6:30. A large group of scouts was there, but
>no thruhikers. We found a nice tent site nearby and went about our
>routines - Spur pitching the tent and I prepping for dinner. We both
>walked down to the spring, which was a good distance away, then returned
>to our chores.
>After a supper of spaghetti, hot chocolate, and a dessert of fine Danish
>choclates, we were ready to journal. We were asleep by 10 PM.
>'Wonder what tomrrow will bring? Just in case, I took 3 ibuprofens!
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