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Jonathan "" Terry
City: Bournemouth
State: Dorset
Country: uk
Begins: Mar 6, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Mar 12th, 2011
Start: England BABY
End: Neels gap

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Days 0-4
The flights wer LONG. and i was struggling to sleep through most of them. i did sleep a little bit but for the most part i was awake, did get to watch the new harry potter film and austin powers though. The meal on th eplane was FOUL. even by airplain food standards.

Reached The hiker hostel at about the same time as Preston and that was awesome. and even better he'd made me some gluten free cookies. bit crumbly for trail food but very welcome after a long climb. I crashed fairly early as i was shattered but i woke briefly when brian walked into my room but was asleep almost instantly afterwards.

started in the morning at springer mountain carpark. had to hike to the summit and then back down again after a few photoes. chilly day with lots of fog(or cloud depedning on how you look at it) only hiked 8.6 miles on the first day and tented for the first night at hawk mountian shelter. my tent was fantastic in the weather and my sleeping bag and liner kept my jsut about warm enough. it got down to below freezing and the water bag froze solid, with a 6 inch icicle hanging from it.

Day 2 headed to Gooch gap today. Beautiful day but all teh trees were covered in hoar frost and as the sun rose the trees jsut shed ice in huge chunks. pressed on past the shelter at gooch mountain in favor of the gap and it was a good choice. the gap was a gorgeous grassy area, nicely sheltered. perfect.

Day 3
another nice day but windy,
passed horse gapo tpoday and had the memories of meeting nano fot the first time in 09. this time i didnt run out of water on sassafras, mostly because the us army had left a huge tank of potable water which was gushing water from a leak. found a stick today and am now using it to hike with. a small amount of whittling later and its now a comfy hiking companion. Headed to Woody hole shleter for the night as the weather was supposed to turn in the night.
the weather turned really nasty and was glad to be in teh shelter becasue thast way i didnt have to worry about a wet tent or a cold night.

Day 4
started out early with a cold breakfast so as to get to neels gap as early as possible. only about 4miles today but when i got ther i could have a shower, wassh some clothes and resuply fot the the next esction.
free urgers for lunch curtasy of the local church group was extremely welcome.
the plan is ot hike to franklin in 6 days. 5 days hiking and 1 nero day.
intend to catch the daily shuttle into town curtusy of ron haven. if i feel chipper on a particular day i may presso on further for a 18-20 mile day so as to cut my trip down by a day.

thats it for now and if you read all of that with teh spelling mistakes and everything you are a tropper.
Happy Trails.

terry (no trail nasme yet)

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The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more:


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