Day 4: Woods Hole to Cowrock Mtn

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Started the morning a little late, broke camp about 9. It snowed last night a little bit which was evident on the climb up blood mtn. ( not too bad really... Maybe I'm getting my trail legs!)  At the summit the clouds broke enough for some good views of where we'd been and where the trail is going.

Screwed up on the way down and took the wrong route and lost my hiking buddy.  I was kinda concerned but he bumped into some ROTC kids on patrol and he made it back fine.  I felt guilty continuing on the trail, but I didn't want to yell more than 20 minutes. In the marines I guess I would have gone after him, but this is JUST the AT.

Free hamburgers at Neel's Gap! Word and rumor of food travels fast out here, and we gobbled down a few burgers. I was gonna stay there because of the " free spaghetti thurs" but that was not happening, so I just stuck around long enough to get a "shakedown" ( gear inspection)
from an "expert." ( chain Smoking Know-it-all)

Everyone had these great stories about him saving you 6 lbs and stuff, but I am too prepared a hiker and he couldn't really help me. ( granted I could spend 400 dollars to trim off 5 lbs, but I've been unemployed for half a year!)  I did shell out the money for some new trekking poles (Leki's) and boy that already seems to be worth it. They are German so that is even cooler.  they come with a lifetime guarantee which I plan to someday take advantage of!

Hike out of Neel's Gap was easy with only a couple mountains. Decided to call it a night near Cowrock Mtn. I'm camping for the first time, and was sentimental to find some lake Michigan sand in my tent :)  Beautiful stars are out and the tiniest of crescent moons. We made a little campfire (Sherlock, Tatoos, and I) and it is just dying down so time for bed.

Hope all is well, starting to miss my outside life ( moms homecooked dinners!?)
Thanks for all the comments, I definitely don't feel like I'm walking
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Thomas on

Hey Rob - just read about your first days and be sure - will do so every morning in my office for the next months! I´m proud, a little jeaulous, happy and curious about your experiences...

Spring is finally coming here in Weimar and Sarah, Tobi and some other cs´ers met on St. Patricks Day for a Guinness at the Irish Pub.

And by the way, just sent a copy of your past entry to my fellow countrymen at Leki´s - so they are prepared in decades and can take you by your words about the life-time-guarantee ;-)

Keep on running Rob!

Yvie on

Hey, Roberto! Wow, so great to read of your adventures again. Glad you are doing well and are so prepared. Colin & I were looking at that tiny crescent moon last night, too. Cool. Take good care & EAT -- you are burning off so much every day, gotta refuel! Hugs & miss you!

ma on

Ok, you make me sooo lonesome! How I wish I was making dinner for you tnite...Dad and I are off to the symphony and it's a gorgeous day here in TN. Start daydreaming about what food you want me to cook for you in the Smokies on your day off!!! Marie n Colin are excited to be part of the adventure for that week-end and of course Dad is thrilled. Keep the list coming of ANYTHING you need! We miss you! Much Love

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