Appalachian Trail Day 73
Day 73, 05-11-01
18.9 miles, AT – 963.8
Denton Shelter – Rod Hollow Shelter
7:20 AM 6:00 PM, 80s
I awoke in another funk today. I haven’t been very talkative in the early AM. I’m sleeping well but I think the one day off since the start of Virginia is getting to me. Im really looking forward to my Day off on Monday.
Today was a good day. Nice trail, woods, and lots of birds singing. I ran into a pair of bird watchers. They were looking for a Kentucky Warbler.
Dicks Dome Shelter was a dive. Nice location but the shelter itself was falling apart.
At Ashby Gap we met a trail maintainer who offered us a ride to the store and the diner down the road. At the store there was a Rottweiler, who was 140 lbs. He was huge! And his name — Bo! Poor guy had bad hips too. He was a big baby. I enjoyed patting him and talking to him. We left there and went to the diner. I had a burger, fries, and a coke. After the diner, it was back to the store for a pint of ice cream. Ben & Jerrys Half Baked, Cookie Dough and Fudge Brownie mix. So good.
Once back to the trail, Surefoot showed up. He and I hiked the next 3.5 miles to the shelter. I bathed and relaxed until now and soon it’s off to bed.
No new birds or deer. I did see a couple of rabbits though.
Scatman 2011- The store I speak of was also a taxidermy shop. Interesting mix but all I cared about was the ice cream. The trail maintainer talked to me about Lance Armstrong and the up coming Tour De France. Between seeing a dog named Bo (my formed breed and dogs name) and talking shop about cycling I missed my life at home a bit. Luckily I was having the time of my life and didn’t give it much thought at the time.
Get out there!