Appalachian Trail Day 57
Day 57, 04-25-01
9.4 miles, AT – 709.3
Lamberts Meadow – Daleville (Best Western)
7:23 AM 10:40 AM
Last night, before bed, six (6) deer past within sight of the shelter. The rat was not seen by any of us. Al snored like a champ, but I slept 10 times better than the other night.
We broke camp early since Al is around and early in the day we saw another deer (22). The hike into town was fairly easy. Just a bunch of PUDS.
Once in town we (Al, Bill, Agatha and I) got a room at the Best Western. Lunch was Pizza Hut. After lunch, we waited around for this guy, Dalewood, to drive us to the Troutville PO. He was late but it beat walking. All my stuff was there except James said I should have received a package from him.
Dalewood was to come back later in the afternoon to take Al and I to the Outfitter. He showed up around 6:30 PM. While waiting we all showered and planned our next section.
At the Outfitter, I was able to get the next size shoe of the one I had. Different color but such a better fit. To think my feet have swollen a ½ size. I also got a few other things and did a quick check of the three birds I couldn’t identify. Im up to 43 different birds.
Once back to the room, Dalewood and us went to the Western Sizzler. I had a 9 oz. steak plus a trip to the salad bar. The salad was so good. I also ate three (3) rolls and a bunch of pudding. I had three (3) glasses of pink lemonade.
Once back at the room, we couldn’t get rid of Dalewood. He’s a super guy but it’s obvious he is a very lonely guy. We all packed and made phone calls. Dalewood came back after a short time and informed Agatha he arranged for her to be able to stay until 3 PM in the room until he picked her up. He is truly a Trail Angel.
Scatman 2011-Yet another super short day on the trail. New shoes and lots of food made for a great day. I feel bad reading the last paragraph. Without giving souls like Dalewood the logistics of town would be so much harder. He meant well but we needed rest.
The shoes I got would take me all the way to Gorham, NH. In actuality I should have replaced them much sooner but they did the job. Little did I know at the time shoes break down after 300-500 miles of daily use. I was such a newbie back on the AT.
Get out there!
500 miles? Maybe you need to write back to the manufacturer. My Montrails were lasting 700-1000 miles. I remember you were wearing inserts on the PCT so maybe that’s how you get more life out of yours. If my shoes fell apart after 300 I wouldn’t buy another. That’s less than one year of sedate city living.
I only got about 500 miles out of my Montrails on the PCT. They might look okay but in reality the shoe is dead. The cushioning just can’t take the daily use. Shoe experts tell you you should let your shoes sit for at least 24 hours for the foam cushioning to come back to it’s full state. I used leather boots for the first 700+ miles of the AT but I would figure the rocks would eat Trail Runners up pretty fast.