26, 1981 Tuesday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
Everyone (Mike Block, Bruce Gernstein & I) slept in Mikes
dome tent last night, and put our packs in mine. Got up this morning
and had the traditional oatmeal with apples & raisins, honey &
a cup of hot cocoa which I bought 12 packs for $1.90 I believe,
at Giffs. I later found some at Wesser for $1.19.
We walked a couple miles from Lakes End before getting a hitch, and
then got picked up by a VW van driven by a guy and his son who were
from Memphis & were cousins of Beth Betch, my pastors family,
and knew where Highland, my home town was and had been there. They
drove us between 15 17 miles to Wesser, and dropped us off
at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). I cashed a travelers
check and bought a pair of running shorts, oatmeal variety pack, and
some pudding & instant milk. Hopefully these days off will help
my blisters heal.
$3.64 for the room (hostel) and plan on eating at the restaurant
tonight. Its cooling off I think it is going to
rain. It rained most, if not all of the evening. I am sharing the
hostel with two guys and a gal (Chuck, Charlie, & Pat) as well
as Bruce and Mike. Had a shower & cooked lunch on the range(stove)
in the room.
dinner I ate a Wesserburger, a loaf of homemade bread with some
cheese, one scoop of chocolate ice cream, and one scoop of butter
pecan ice cream. All was very good. Total cost $4.40. $2.15 for
the burgers too much! It wasnt really very large (and
definitely not as good as a Giff burger!). Later on I reorganized
my pack and threw out an old pair of jeans. (Lesson 3: Jeans should
never be taken on a hiking trip anyway once wet, they never
too much food for now considering the next food supplies are only
two days away. Looks like we will be hiking in wet weather tomorrow.
Forecast from paper Chuck brought back says highs 75 80 lows
in the 50s. 50% chance of rain. Chuck & Charlie hitched
to town earlier and got beer for the crew. Sent 5 post cards today.