16 , 1981 Tuesday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
Finally had a decent night of sleep, but awoke sometime during
the night to the sound of clanking bottles and a person fumbling around
nearby. Quickly fell back asleep though. A night without back pains!
grits with blackberries and all the rest of the normal things. Was
up at 5:30 am, but couldnt get Chuck going. Started hiking
in cool temperatures at 6:10 heading for the first shelter where
Bruce, Pat, plus Bill & Jean from NJ were at. The trail from
Nolichucky to the shelter had several blow downs and was like an
obstacle course. Made it to the shelter in about an hour or more
and all were in bed or just getting up. I waited around and left
with them later, just as Chuck was arriving. He took a break at
for Beauty Spot for lunch, but stopped at
Indian Grave Gap for a break. Chuck caught up to us at Beauty Spot.
I took a couple of pictures at this spot. Decided to move on because
the mountain looked steep, but still was able to make about 3 miles
in 1 hour and 10 minutes. I then took a relaxing break near the
benchmark in a pine forest on Unaka Mountain. Pushed on to the shelter
and got there in about 1 hour. Cherry Gap shelter was the place.
I arrived around 3:00 with about 15 or 16 miles for the day. Looks
like a nice shelter. Today as I hiked, there were thousands of
grasshoppers jumping out of the way with every step I took -
to avoid getting stepped on. It was a hot day, but enjoyed the nice
break with good views on Beauty Spot.
with onion soup tonight and vanilla pudding . Didnt need anything
more than that after all the food I ate in Erwin. Chuck talked about
eating a large dinner, but was having a lot of gas and belching
like my brother Carl sometimes does, and didnt even finish
his first main dish. Bruce and Pat fixed some beans they just got
in the Hot Springs freebee care package. A campfire was hard to
get started, there was hardly any wind. Pat was pissed about how
I always take up space when I choose a spot to sit. I said I was
there first and could sit anywhere I please then flipped her off.
She bugs me at times. Started off as a nice clear night with the
full moon rising.