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July 31, 1983 Sunday (770.9 mtg) From Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal

You would have thought that after such a large dinner last night I would not be able to eat much this morning, but I managed to get down seven bowls of cereal, with at least four cups of milk, apricots, eggs and ham, many pieces of coffee cake, and two cups of orange juice!

I left the monestary with Terri at about 8:30 am. I soon left her in the dust as I stretched out my legs, and reached Canopus Lake in Fahnstock State Park where there was a swimming area in the local lake beside the trail. Did not really swim, but just kind of sat down and reclined in the shallow water to cool me down. Although it was lunch time, I didn't really eat - I was finally full from breakfast.

From there the trail was easy and I soon found myself at Ralph's Peak Hikers Cabin, an actual building more than a shelter, where I had planned to stay the night. It was three o'clock and I had traveled 18.8 miles, a more respectable distance than the six miles yesterday.

Upon arrival I was offered a beer! What a welcoming. I declined and took a soda instead. The members of Ralph's Peak Hikers were there this Sunday and were having a party for any hikers that happened to come by. Lucky for me. I had watermelon, fruit of various kinds, cookies, pretzels, pudding, etc. and later some ice cream after they took me to the store just down the road. The place even featured real beds to sleep in. The other hikers showed up later and were treated just the same. I love New York!

Gonzo! Appalachian Trail Journals ©1983

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