21, 1981 - Thursday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
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 Ladys 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.