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Kate Schertz
City: Wauwatosa
State: WI
Begins: Mar 28, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Start: Woody Gap
End: Neels Gap
Daily Distance: 10.9
Trip Distance: 31.7

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 505
Journal Visits: 33,318
Guestbook Views: 1,536
Guestbook Entrys: 33

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Blood Mountain Shelter

Day 3

Tougher hiking day, but feeling great. I've got tape on both feet to prevent blisters, my right calf and upper back are tight, and my left knee hurts about as much as it normally does. Was awoken by a thunderstorm at 0500 and the rain continued until about 1030. On reaching my first "scenic view" of the day, visibility was only 50 ft. It cleared up shortly after that, and the views from Blood Mountain were awesome. Pictures really don't show just how far you can see. There is a really nice stone walled shelter at the top. The hike down was challenging with lots of stone tables to navigate.

Stopped at Neels Gap for the night where I got a bunk in the hostel. There was a church group serving dinner here as part of their spring break, so I had a free dinner of salad and a ton of baked ziti (gf!). Met a lot more people at dinner, and got to witness an Aussie try his first Oreo ("It's good; how do they get the cookie so crunchy?"). There is also a guy in dress pants, button up plaid shirt and suspenders. Cannot believe he is carrying all that! Got to dry out all my stuff and take a shower. I'm about 1/2 day ahead of my schedule so haven't decided where to end up tomorrow. Even with the rain this morning, still enjoying being out here and taking each day as it comes.

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Appalachian Trail - 2015

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: www.appalachiantrail.org

 

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