20, 1983 Wednesday (944.2 mtg) From
Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal
course, with the early rising that we were doing now to beat the
heat, the Gambrinus Restaurant (Bavarian Inn) five miles beyond
Allentown Shelter was closed as we went by this morning. I found
the huge beer bottle out front particularly interesting, and would
have liked to have eaten breakfast at the Inn.
far from the Gambrinus, lie a shelter that I remember as the worst
shelter along the trail. I think it was partially due to its' proximity
to the road and easy access. I don't even think I checked the register
at this shelter after seeing the huge mound of trash piled up behind
the shelter. The sight turned my stomach and the smell was awful
and almost pushed that feeling over the edge. I went back to the
trail and continued on.
hike today featured a lot of boulder hopping. In the area around
Bake Oven Knob the rocks were especially numerous. One consolation
was the abundance of blueberries that were growing along the
trail free for the taking. Free food is always appreciated.
I ended my day at George W. Outerbridge Shelter after an 18.6 mile
day. This stopping point not only allowed me to be at the selected
spot for the big party tonight, but also logistically put the steep
downhill and infamous climb out of Lehigh Gap as the first thing
on the schedule tomorrow morning during the coolest part of the
day. This evening Mike
and his friend John packed up enough food to feed an army! Of
course the heaviest part would have to be the case of beer, and
the six pack of rootbeer (thank you!). They also packed in a dozen
hamburgers, a dozen hot dogs, and all the buns etc., cheese, chocolate
chip cookies, and two and a half gallons of vanilla fudge ice cream!
What a party. If you were not full after that it was your own fault.
We would use all the energy from this food for the big rocky climb
Appalachian Trail Journals ©1983