4 , 1981 Thursday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
Got up around 8:30 am and wrote seven post cards, and boxed up
a package to send home. I ate some of the oatmeal with spun honey
and jelly I had received a couple of days ago. Its raining again,
of course. Upon leaving Gatlinburg, I will only have about $20, so
the mail better come thru in Hot Springs, NC with my travelers cheques.
I am going to have to cut down. Stop buying so much gorp material.
Now were going to spend another night here. I wish I hadnt
gone off the trail NO MORE! Especially like this time
too expensive. Nice Place but the way I feel because of it: Lllliiiiicccckk
to the post office and sent a package to Mom for 92 cents, plus
seven post cards to various people. While out on the town, I tried
to get permits to walk thru the rest of the Smoky Mountains, but
as I suspected the day before, none were available. We were no longer
considered thru-hikers in the park, so getting permits for anything
other than that was almost impossible. I figured it would be hard
for five people to get permits, but I couldnt get one even
if I was traveling by myself. In other words, there were no openings.
Too many schools letting out! I walked around the town and found
a place that takes those Old Time Photos where you can
dress up in costumes like a cowboy and have your picture taken.
I thought it would be a cool thing to have my picture taken dressed
as a cowboy and have Pat dress up like the busty saloon girl at
my side. It was a nice fantasy, but I did not have enough money
to make it happen.
Upon returning to the house, I talked to a guy who lives above us
on the second floor about our problem, and he said he would give
us a ride to Cosby the next morning at 7 am 18 miles. I checked
the map, and it looked like a good idea. I think well take
it and then hike the road to Davenport Gap, find the trail there,
and then stay at our originally planned shelter for the 5th - Davenport
Gap shelter. Then continue on to Hot Springs and hopefully never
stop in another town except for supplies. (Lesson 5: dont
linger in towns no matter how fun it may seem). Went out
to eat at Ogles buffet restaurant this evening, and ate too
much once again. But not so much to prevent me from making popcorn
tonight. Cost $7.45 or so.
further conversation with Danny, I found out he had been drafted
and stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. Real nice guy.
at my food supply, I believe I shouldnt have to buy supplies
for another two weeks or so (That is just too much food! Lesson
6: Do not carry any more than seven days or less if you can help
it). My pack should be very heavy tomorrow with my four pounds of
found a Gideons bible in the dresser in his room. He burned
it in the fireplace since there was no wood, and also because he
was not religious and thought he should not have to be exposed to
it, I think.