5 , 1983 Monday (188.5 mtg) From
Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal
being Labor Day Holiday, the post office was closed and we could
not get our mail; although Lan and Tom had just happened to run
into the postmaster and gotten their mail. They were free to take
off, and they did. Speaking of taking off, that is just what I decided
to do. Take the day off and let my heal recouperate. Breakfast this
morning, included with the price of the stay, consisted of two eggs,
bacon, toast, and juice.
Ron, Nick, and Cathy arrived after hitching into town and stopping
at the diner for breakfast. Max decided to take the day off also,
and spent the majority of the day hitching back to Rangely to buy
souveniers. Later when he returned, he told stories about how he
had been in a weird bar where everyone was buying him beer after
finding out what he had been doing all summer long.
Another southbound hiker named Gurdie, a female from Canada came
in. I enlisted her company as I went back to Cathie's for a burger.
She ordered coffee. She had not been on the trail long enough to
develop that thru-hiker appetite that I had honed over the past
I returned for a third time during this town stop this evening for
supper with Cathy and Max after we solved the big dilemma of
the day - eat at Cathie's again, or go for the Chinese restaurant
that was rumored to be down the road. We went for the sure thing.
home and talked with Mom for 25 minutes (cost $8.27). The following
day she went to the post office and sent out a package to me to
Caratunk, Me. Since I would be there in only three days, she sent
it airmail, at a cost of $10.62 with $1.25 for insurance. (see
postal receipt) I hoped it would make it there in time. It contained
many items, which can be seen
Appalachian Trail Journals ©1983