12 , 1981 Friday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
Got up at 5:30am not quite light yet. For once, everyone
else got up also, except Charlie. Charlie decided to not hike 22 miles
with us today.
we are not hiking 22 miles today either. We only went about 13 or
fourteen. Rained when we first started this morning. I left before
Chuck & Bruce and passed Pat a little ways up the trail. First
we stopped at Jerrys Cabin shelter for a break before pushing
on to Locust Ridge shelter. Only took me about two hours and 17
minutes to make it to Jerrys cabin seven miles away. Those
miles are shorter than Georgia miles it seems, but we walked on
jeep road for several miles. Road walking on dirt is very nice.
Went a little overboard and had two snickers and two pop tarts today
and also peanut buttered crackers. Sat and waited at Jerrys
(a nice place) for the rest to show. At that point we had to decide
whether to go on or not. We had decided against it, and just as
we did it started to sprinkle, but it quit in a few minutes.
we decided to continue on to the next shelter. Waded through some
tall plants today during the rain, and got my upper legs wet as
well as my feet. Feet were not totally soaked though. Rained on
and off all afternoon; however, not very hard at any time. Locust
Ridge shelter was kind of grungy, but not a whole lot different
than the rest. Got there about twelve forty-five. At two forty-one
it is sunny , but thunder is heard in the distance. Will it ever
make up its mind? Locust Ridge was supposed to be in need
of repair according to trail register notes at Jerrys Cabin
shelter, but I believe they have already been done. Seems fairly
watertight, and the top/roof of the outhouse is on, contrary to
the notes. No door though, but a terrific view. Bruce and Chuck
took showers again using the springwater. Had a Lipton noodle dinner
beef flavor for dinner. Everyone slept a bit in the afternoon
except me because I have been having problems sleeping at night,
and especially in the morning due to back pains, so I did not sleep
in the afternoon. Slept fairly well that night until awakened by
some sort of growling noise outside of the shelter around two a.m.
or so. Then later a dog woke us up, and scared us by dragging part
of a chain he had broken loose from, resulting in rustling noises
as it passed amongst the leaves.