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May 25, 1981 Monday From Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal

Today we hiked from Silar Bald lean-to about 3-3.5 miles to Wayah Gap where we met a motorcyclist who stopped and chatted for a few minutes. He was going the same way we were (on our new plan to take the road near Lake Nantahala) and agreed to go down and see whether there was any food by the lake. Shortly afterwards, we got a ride from a nice couple in a small Toyota pickup. We were cruising along for a while when suddenly the motorcyclist went by again, returning to where we had originated. He saw us in the truck, turned around, and caught up to the truck. He tried to throw us three Pepsis, but failed. One spewed out on the road, the other two just got battered a bit. Our driver stopped, we picked up the pop, and cruised to the Lake Ends Place, a small store, bar & grill and ate a greasy cheese burger & fries and a cup of strawberry ice cream. Ohh that burger was heavenly! It was one of the best burgers I had ever eaten, probably since I had not had any real food in about a week. We bought a bunch of candy, cookies, etc. and spent the remainder of the day eating and lying on the beach. Griff, the owner of the café, said we could pitch our tent in the back after dark. Called home and talked for approx 20 minutes. Bathed in the lake and had a good time. I fixed noodles & chilli for supper. Ate too much! Nice view by the lake. My right heal is beginning to be infected I believe. Played fish, and washed some of our clothes in the lake. Rained for about 5-10 minutes in the afternoon, but the rest of the day was excellent, in the 70’s or so.

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