30 , 1981 Tuesday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
I woke up this morning after a very pleasant night. Didnt
get rained on last night anyway, and experienced virtually no back
problems this morning. Before eating breakfast, I went out in search
of the spring. There was supposedly a blue-blazed trail leading to
it, - although I hadnt found it last night. Walked all around
and finally spotted a blue-blaze. The trail was still hard to find,
and after finding the two cisterns I was disappointed to find them
not running. I opened one up and there was water, but it smelled a
little. I rigged up a bucket, brought some out, and boiled it for
a few minutes. Afterwards, poured it into my quart container and
dissolved the required amount of iodine tablets in the container.
Although it was probably now safe to drink, it still smells a little
unpleasant. I decided to use it as my emergency supply since I still
had a little from Reeds Creek in my water bag.
up and headed down the road under questionable partly cloudy skies.
I saw where the interstate passed under Walker Mountain through
a tunnel. I arrived at Turkey Gap, where water was supposed to be
300 or so yards down to right. I put down my pack, grabbed my water
bag, and took off in search of it only to find a small, barely flowing
spring. I finished off the good water in the bag and filled it back
up with this apparently OK water. Later on I treated it, and it
tastes OK and I havent got sick yet. Arrived at Turkey Gap
Lean-to directly, but passed on quickly toward High Rock shelter.
It started raining, then pouring, and my feet got totally soaked.
I could feel the water all the way up to my heals sloshing about.
I comically thought, maybe it will wash my socks a bit.
My feet were hurting as I pulled into High Rock shelter, plus I
also had a nasty gash on my left palm obtained while falling on
a large,slanted, slick rock during the rain. The rain subsided as
I was at the shelter so I checked out the fire wardens cabin
a few hundred feet farther on. The cistern there was working, but
the water was a little cloudy. I boiled some, then cooked some grits.
I then dumped the quart I was carrying and refilled it with some
of the cistern water with the addition of two iodine tabs. Decided
to stay there for a while, let my socks and feet dry out and wait
to see what the weather was going to do. It got a little sunny for
a while, then it came again rain. Im glad I stayed,
I am spending the night here with the lockable door, wire bunks
and carpet floor! I took the opportunity of filling up my cook pots
with fresh rainwater that I plan on using for cooking. Read books
and laid around this afternoon trying to figure out when I can get
to Pearisburg - and if that is all the farther Ill go or not.
I believe I will go by bus to Charleston and visit my friend, David
for a while after the 4th in Pearisburg. I feel that the trail is
nice, but it seems not much different than walking on a trail in
Southern Illinois, and there is not that much pleasure. In fact,
usually there is physical discomfort.