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July 22, 1983 Friday (904.7 mtg) From Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal

From Wind Gap to my next supply point at Delaware Water Gap, the distance was almost fifteen miles, an easily reachable destination as my goal for today.

Once again, the trail continued along the fairly level crest of Blue Mountain. For posterity, I had to stop and take a picture of the rocks along the trail near Wolf Rocks - rocks that I hope we would be leaving behind as we left Pennsylvania. Near the Kirkbridge Shelter I saw a nuclear power plant off in the distance with it's cloud of moisture hovering over the typical nuclear shaped stack. Today, the landscape provided more views than most of the rest of Pennsylvania. I seemed to be taking pictures often. I shot several photos from Mt. Minsi before descending toward the town of Delaware Water Gap. Along the descent I came across a spectacular view of the area known as the Delaware Water Gap, named because the Delaware river cuts through the mountains on it's journey to the Atlantic Ocean.

At the edge of town, the trail began to follow roads, which eventually took me past the church-run hostel located in the town. I took the load off and then proceeded to the post office. I received a letter from my old hiking partner, Jim Triplett, my friend Dave Giger, and a post card from Amy Brown, a fellow Zoology major from SIU. I also had a package from my mother waiting for me to open. I took care of other business including buying a second Nalgene bottle with a wide mouth to allow me to more easily fill at springs that were low, and also allow me to carry a little extra amount without having to fill up the water bag. That evening Marcel, Terri and I took the bus to a "fancy" Italian restaurant known as "The Blue Note Inn"*, where I experienced for the first time a dish called manicotti parmesan.

Back at the hostel, I wrote post cards, and afterwards called and talked with my brother and sister-in-law, and Janis Giger.

* The restaurant name was provided by Marcel Montville - 2012 (The restaurant was apparently frequented by comedian and actor Jackie Gleason, who was well-known for his character Ralph Kramden on the 1960s sitcom "The Honeymooners." He visited the Poconos, shooting pool at the Blue Note whenever he was in the area.

Gonzo! Appalachian Trail Journals ©1983

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