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May 21, 1981 - Thursday From Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal

Today we hiked 15.4 miles. Finally had a nice sunny day! There were tremendous views most of the way when they were available, like the extraordinary view from Tray Mountain, almost 360 degrees. We (Bill & I) need some moleskin bandaids. We thought we would have to wait about 10 days until we got to Wesser, but fortunately we ran into Curt again and he gave us three. Luck shined on us again when we met Mr. & Mrs. Richard Deakin who had hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 1977-78, they gave us a stack about ½ inch thick. We were very thankful. Had a lunch of 2 packs of saltines with peanut butter & honey & a pack of Pop-Tarts. Let boots air out a while & socks dry. Felt pretty good afterwards. Some nerd in a Trans Am pulled up at lunch while we were at lunch at Unicoi gap, took out the sunroof in order to allow him to take out and leave a box of trash right by the road – all with us watching! I guess we were just so shocked we did not try to stop him. Along the trail today we saw some pink Lady’s Slipper Orchids and took pictures. Took some photos from off the top of Tray Mountain. We spent the night at Tray Mountain lean-to sharing stories with the Deakins, while having Lipton Chicken soup (instant) with Minute Rice which tasted pretty good. Beautiful sunset. Gets cool at night here in the mountains. Going to sit by the campfire with Stan, Curt, Joel, and John.

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