11 , 1981 Thursday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
Bruces alarm went off at 5:30, mine at 5:45 am, but we didnt
get up until around seven or so. Grits with cinnamon, sugar and jelly
was fairly good. Made it to Allens gap fairly quickly and walked
down the road a little while (.1m) to the state line gas station where
we took a break, and I had a pint of butter pecan ice cream. Now
I have 12 cents to my name. Talked to some folks at the station
for a while and they said they lived about twenty minutes up the trail,
and to stop when we arrived there. We found their trailer with their
name on a sign, The Cutshalls, and shot the breeze with them
for almost one and a half hours. Part of the conversation was about
God, and they showed us the small chapel that they had built on their
property. Another item discussed was the Plott dog breed. Plott dogs
are bear hunting dogs and some purebreads sell for $3000 each.
the Cutshalls, I walked about three miles in about an hour
to the Little Laurel shelter, and stopped to wait for the group.
They had decided to stop at Little Laurel shelter instead of pushing
on to Jerrys cabin shelter only seven miles away. Then, the
following day, travel 22 miles. I felt like I would rather walk
the seven miles today and finish with thirteen tomorrow, but I also
like to stay with the group. My need for company and security won
the trail I saw an Indian Pipe plant today.