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May 28, 1981 Thursday From Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal

Got up to an ugly day today. Wet, dripping and cold.
The temperature got warmer & the sun broke about 2:30 pm. Walked around 14 miles or so today. It was rough! Particularly after lunch, hiking the one or two miles after Stekoa proved really tough! Saw a lot of wildlife today – a large toad, a Scarlet Tanager, and many kinds of Trilliums. Some with yellow petals, and my favorite – the ones with large leaves and a flower nodding with large red petals. Really pretty. I must say my Gorp tastes real good. Made from M&M’s, raisins, Planter’s peanuts from a can (expensive), and sunflower seeds. Had a Snickers bar around 3 pm along with a short break close to a spring. The terrain was up and down, rocky at times and occasionally real nice. Sometimes it looked like a medieval forest. Had a spaghetti mug-o-lunch for lunch & mac & cheese for supper. 8 miles to Fontana Dam tomorrow.

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