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June 9 , 1981 Tuesday From Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal

Got up about seven thirty, ate oatmeal, and prepared to work on the rock pile. Charlie and I were to work on the pile, moving rocks from one spot to another behind the monk’s house, but we were first instructed to pull weeds, honeysuckle, etc off the hillside. I was supposed to work four hours to pay for my two nights, but ended up quiting about a half hour before. It was awfully hot, plus it was really boring work.

Had a spaghetti mug-o-lunch for lunch, after which I went to see if my money had come in. No it hadn’t. Decided to call Mom but forgot she wasn’t going to be at work and ended up talking to my brother Carl instead. Later, I bought a few select groceries and then went to the Trail Café. I had a few dollars left and I ate a trail burger with everything ($1.95) and two large pieces of pie for $.55 each and topped it off with a scoop of butter pecan ice cream. That left me with about four dollars. Went back to the grocery store and bought a few more things – after all, what good is four dollars where we’re going? Now only one dollar and ten cents left.

John Smart arrived at the hostel this afternoon and later in the afternoon he fixed Quiche and gave me some. MMMMM! Great stuff. (How to make? Pie shells browned. Eggs & milk, cheese, mushrooms, greens, 450 degree oven for approx 15 minutes, 350 degrees for another half hour.) I also went wading in a cold stream a little ways from the hostel. Later on after I had gone to bed, everyone else went to the abandoned Hot Springs and snuck in thru a hole in the roof. I lent Sandy my watch to get up.

Gonzo! Appalachian Trail Journals ©1981