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June 10 , 1981 Wednesday From Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal

Got awakened by Chuck about seven, so I got up, ate, and got ready to go to the PO to find out if my letter came. Of course, the post office was late opening, but after opening I found out my letter had not arrived. I called Mom and talked to her at home. She will try to wire me some bucks to Erwin while I have the letter forwarded to Elk Park. Went to the café with Charlie, and had plans of blowing the rest of my money on another piece of pie, but they didn’t have any, so I didn’t get anything. We all left at about 10 am, and the first five miles to Lanyard gap went very fast and was nice. After that point to the shelter it was extremely hot, but fortunately there was a nice breeze. We stopped at the firetower at Rich Mt. and I shot an 18 – 20 picture panoramic scan from the platform. (Unfortunately, it seems that somehow the roll of film shot between Hot Springs and Vandeventer shelter was lost either along the trail or in the mail) Arrived at our destination shelter about 4:11pm (Spring Mt. Shelter). Ate rice with tomato soup, and a cup of chocolate pudding. We put six people in a five man shelter with Charlie sleeping on the ground below. Another couple came afterwards and had to pitch a tent. Their first camping experience – of course it rained. The shelter roof developed a leak directly above me so I covered myself with plastic. It only leaked for a while, then quit. Charlie gave me a heated Pop-Tart this evening.

Gonzo! Appalachian Trail Journals ©1981