28 , 1981 Sunday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
Woke up around six-ish and made oatmeal & grits, and topped
it off with two Pop-Tarts. I took off with Peter. We took only one
break, and then pushed on to VA 16 and the visitors center there.
Saw one deer this morning and were sort of chased by a
few cows in a pasture as we hiked across it. I talked to the attendant
at the center who told us about a new relocation, and also an update
about Pat, Bruce, and Chuck. Apparently Pat had hitched there from
a road near Raccoon Branch shelter, and although Bruce and Chuck showed
up later, the three couldnt make up their minds whether to hitch
or hike on. While at the visitors center for lunch, Peter ran
down the road a mile or so and picked up a few groceries. He also
brought back a half gallon of vanilla ice cream. We all split it.
talked to three locals just before ascending Glade Mountain. They
offered us a beer, which some took, but not me.
as I am here at Glade Mountain lean to, I see there is no entry
in the register for them. I assume; therefore, that they are hitching.
An earlier note from Chuck said they would be in Pearisburg soon
and they would leave a note for me there. I decided to spend the
night at Glade Mt. Shelter which has a nice little stream in front,
and an outhouse located nearby that even has toilet paper. A respectable
17 miles for the day. Had planned on going 4 more miles to US 11,
but didnt think we would find a good place to camp. I plan
on eating breakfast at the Village Truck Stop tomorrow morning,
where we were planning to go today and maybe eat lunch.
eat much for dinner this evening, just the rest of the grape-nuts
in my gorp, and a grilled cheese sandwich. For dessert I whipped
up a French vanilla pudding. During part of the evening we were
entertained/annoyed by a stray dog that kept hovering around and
polluting the air with noxious silent-but-deadly farts. Everyone
kept blaming the others until finally we figured out the real truth
- it was the dog!