3 , 1981 Wednesday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
I dont know what happened, other than to say that I gave up
my individuality today. Had Pat and I stuck to our original plans,
we would have been together, perhaps gotten to know one another more,
and kept from missing the rest of the Smokies.
now Im in Gatlinburg! Everyone decided this morning to go,
so I did too. We hiked the three miles to Clingmans Dome observatory,
but we passed it up by about ¾ mile due to heavy fog. Once
we began descending, I began to question if we had passed by without
noticing it, and sure enough we had. We all turned around and went
back, meeting at the parking lot a short distance from the tower.
there were six of us, we split up into parties of two to hitch to
Gatlinburg. We ran across a young guy (age 25) named Bob, and his
girlfriend from Michigan. We got a ride for all six of us in his
silver truck, which was something like a 1957 UPS truck. He drove
the twenty two miles pretty slow on the up and down grades, but
got us there safetly. Bob was a real nifty guy long hair
and a beard. They had been hiking and had just come back from Florida.
He took us right into town where we looked for a room. The best
deal we could find was renting a house for $60 - split 6 ways.
a little settled in, took a shower, put on my jeans, and took my
laundry uptown to find a laundry mat. Of course I got rained on
while I looked, so after washing I threw part of what I had on into
the dryer with the rest. Once that was done, I got on a bus, stopped
to buy some post cards then went in search of groceries. Bought
a few at a small place then caught the bus out to Battles
food store a good place with a good selection of food suitable
for hiker trail consumption, and fairly cheap. Spent almost $20
on food again mostly gorp material.
to the house after several hours and found Chuck and Mike mostly
drunk and ready to go back. Mike borrowed my jeans and went with
Bruce, Chuck, and Charlie to get drunk somewhere in town. Just so
happens Bruce left his jacket at one of the places and had to run
back to get it lucky again!!
slightly inebriated, wanted to do her laundry. She did not know
where the laundry was so I accompanied her to the laundry mat late
at night. While there she pretty much began hanging on me and as
much as propositioned me right there next to the dryers. I did not
want to take advantage of her in her condition, plus I was pretty
sure Bruce had been sleeping with her recently and as crude as he
seemed, I was not sure I wanted to visit anywhere he had been. We
got back around 1:00 am. And I went to sleep alone in my own bed.
Bruce talked to his stepmother on the phone earlier today and
was told that some hikers had been murdered in Virginia. Spooky.
(Their bodies were discovered about three days previous, just as
we entered the Smokies and left contact with the outside world.
Not much was known about the murderer yet. We did not even know
if they had been caught or not)