22 , 1981 Monday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
Woke several times during the night due to the heat. Had to
keep covered though or mosquitoes would keep me up as they fly by
my ears. Next time Ill use some bug repellent and see how
that works. Got up between 5:30 & 6:00 am and got everything
ready for breakfast, but am holding off to let people sleep. The
SVEA 123 stove can make quite a noise. Unfortunately, the sunrise
to the east is too much in the trees so I cant really see
it. Too bad. Made two eggs, oatmeal and grits, and Pop-Tarts once
again. My egg preparation is getting better every day. The rest
might hitch to Damascus, so Im going to travel with Bill and
Jean. I found out that their pace is equal or better than mine.
Made it to Iron Mountain shelter in a couple of hours moving
very fast. Ate a little and then pushed on to Double Springs shelter,
arrived there within a couple of hours, and sat there from about
3:15 4:00 pm, when a guy and a young girl came in from the
north. Talked to them a little then decided to go down near highway
421 and look for a spot to camp out. This brought our mileage to
about 18 for the day! Now I dont have to go so far to Damascus
tomorrow. I cruised the last 3.5 miles in one hour and three minute!
I think these miles are short. We were moving fast, but
and Jean sure are nice.
(On this day, unknown to us, Randall Lee Smith is arrested after
being found hiding in a wooded area near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
Photo: Randall Lee Smith (center) leaves the Giles County courthouse
in 1982. He was convicted of killing Susan Ramsay and Robert Mountford
on the Appalachian Trail in May 1981. He returns to the A.T.
in 1982 and attempts to kill again - near the same place in Giles