AT Day 3

Appalachian Trail – Day 3
Feeling very satisfied after today’s 15 miles, which is a lot for a guy to hit right off the couch, especially after a relatively late 9 AM start. But a strong beginning, due to the restorative effects of a full bacon, eggs, toast, avocado, banana, and v8 juice breakfast at the summer cabin of Mr. and Mrs. Mango, my trail friends. Watch for the adventures of Mango with his return to Sonora Pass and points north on the Pacific Crest Trail, on Trailjournals.
Feeling creaky as I pulled off Buck Mountain Road onto the AT. But the engine eventually kicked in on a real roller-coaster of a day.
Jones Falls, Laurel Fork this afternoon. Unrelenting 100 foot ups and down along side hills around 3,500 feet. So beautifully-tended trails, over natural contours edging boulders and dense rhododendron groves.
I ran out of gas at about 2 PM, which was good. I downed a quart of water, a bar, and three ibuprofen. Five minutes later, I was able to move easier, smoother. The rest of the day was unrelenting uphills, then a down into the Moreland Gap shelter. Motley crowd of 8 here for the night. I’m excited to be sleeping in the shelter tonight.

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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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