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June 14 , 1981 Sunday From Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal

I woke up this morning, and even with mattress, I had a backache. It’s really getting me down. I feel good the rest of the day, but terrible early in the morning. Almost like a nerve being pinched maybe. Ate grits and passed up a real deal on pancakes, bacon & juice for $1.50. I’m kind of sorry I hadn’t chosen to eat, but it’s because of the money situation. Plan on going to town, call Mom and discuss the back problem. I don’t want to quit, but I don’t want to permanently damage my back either. I hate being bugged in my sleep as I have been.

Turns out there was a fairly large stack of pancakes left over after everyone was done. They were going to throw them to the dogs, but I spoke up and got a free breakfast of nut pancakes & syrup – good! Went to town again, not much open. Chuck visited the VFW and bought some beer again. I don’t know how he can spend so much money on beer!

For dinner I had chili, corn on the cob, salad, and great blueberry cake with cool whip. Delicious!

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