29, 1981 Sunday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
We were entertained all night, and early this morning by mice
at Cable Gap shelter. The shelter was a four man deal with 2 bunks
above and two on the bottom. Even though we had our packs hung, we
were amazed as we watched an acrobatic mouse just run up and down
the cord. I got up and beat the pocket where a mouse was eating on
my peanut butter again (packed inside a plastic Gerry tube). I
hit it a couple good ones and it ran out of the pocket, and up the
pack. I hit him again and gave it a good jolt. He got away, but
I think he got the message. I then took the tube of peanut butter
that had been chewed on before and stuffed it in a hole where the
mouse had been running in and out. I guess I figured I would stuff
it down their throats in a way.
went off at 6:00 am this morning but didnt get up until 6:30.
Made oatmeal & hot chocolate, and hit the trail soon afterwards
clad in my tennis shoes. My feet had been killing me and I had to
see how it would go wearing them. It didnt seem to help too
much. My white gym socks have been wet and didnt dry overnight.
I eventually switched to my boots without the gym socks. Feet a
little loose as a result. Lesson 3: wear proper socks and hiking
boots, and make sure they are broken in before you start.
The trail went up and down for a couple of miles then it was pretty
much all downhill for the rest of the day. Made it to N.C. Highway
28 at about 9:30 then pushed on to the dam.
When I arrived at the dam, I utilized the pay phone near the visitors
center to call the Marine Locker back in Illinois and talked to
Mom, Dad, and Carl. I also took a nice hot shower at the dam since
a nice shower room was available, and best of all free! John
appeared and used the phone to call home, and then Bruce, Chuck
and Mike finally showed up. We hung around there for a while before
getting a ride from a nice couple in an Oldsmobile on their way
to Fontana Village. Somehow we were able to stuff our 4 packs in
the trunk . I sat up front because I had taken a shower. We took
a room at the Village for $31 split four ways. Which turned out
to be a nice little cabin. We washed clothes, and then bought some
stuff to make a pizza mix, cheese & mushrooms. The oven
heated up, but didnt get hot enough to bake the pizza so we
had to borrow the oven of another group from Florida. The crust
never did work exactly right but wasnt bad. Had chocolate
ice cream also. There is a square dance exposition here, TV, pool,
golf, everything! Nice place. Plan to get supplies tomorrow. Watch
TV, etc tonight. Will sleep on a rollaway couch bed.