Day 118 on the Appalachian Trail Miles Hiked to Date: 1226 Hiked yesterday: 15 Trail Miles, Miles left to hike: 957
First, thank you to Paramount Fit Foods for a visit that made all of the hikers' evening plus one hiker mom's evening! More about that very soon!
Second, Thanks to Gilgamesh and the other wonderful hikers in his group for treating a hiker mom to lunch! (more about that soon, too!)
She's been achey and tired and sore; she says she's not ready for another Zero day, yet; she's hoping for a few new movies to hit the theaters so she can do a movie marathon day maybe soon.
Once the blog was posted, I headed to the local Cabela's to take care of dumping the tank on the camper (FOR FREE! Yeah, Cabela's!) and to re-fill the fresh water supply. With such a small black tank and small water tank, I have to do this task about once a week ... Ugh! I miss my old Kingsley Coach (for my BMX buddies that follow this, the Kingsley was the 45' White RV with the Blue Freightliner Tractor Trailer front that said "BMX Divas"). It had huge fresh water supply tanks and holding tanks. All of us (Papa Chip, the Editor, Chipmunk and me) could live in it for at least 3 weeks, take showers, do dishes, etc. before needing to pull into a dump station. PLUS, it looked tough! And was tough! The PWTTC is like its puny, pesty little kid brother! But ... it gets the job done and can get into places the old Kingsley couldn't. (To Papa Chip: Sorry ... but I accidentally left yet another "cover" behind at the dump station. We should invest in the company that makes those! I think we keep them in business!)
There weren't any good spots to meet midday so after finishing my in town work, I headed to the end of day trailhead to hang out near "Hawk Mountain Sanctuary" and wait for her. Chocolate Chip and I snuggled up and read after I did the dishes and straightened up a bit. Only one thru hiker, Dirty Dan, stopped by the camper, all the while we were there. I gave him a cold soda and let him vent about the trail for a while before he headed onward. Shortly thereafter, a few thru hikers I hadn't seen in a long while walked up the road toward us. They were hitch hiking and hoping to yellow blaze ahead. A car stopped within minutes and agreed to give them a lift to a spot about 20 miles ahead on the trail. They hopped in and zoomed off. I know that Chipmunk has gotten frustrated that it takes her as long as it does to get ahead on the trail, but I'm very proud of her that she wants to hike every bit of the trail.
When the show ended, we debated watching another episode but the mom in me declared that we both needed rest. We climbed into our respective bunks and wished each other good night. Chipmunk was "out" within minutes with Chocolate Chip curled up at her side. She had done a respectable 15 miles through rocky terrain and her body needed a good night's rest before she goes out to tackle even more tomorrow.
If you enjoy reading the story of our adventure, and you’d like to send some “Trail Magic” to Chipmunk, click on the “Donate” button at the upper right corner of today’s blog post. Chipmunk maintains a twitter account: @openlymtngoat where a common hashtag is #GoChipmunk . She (or we) will try to answer any questions you may have about her hike and this family adventure.
Thanks again for all your support,
Mama Chip, Papa Chip, Chipmunk and her dog, Chocolate Chip
(Tammy, Jay, Neva and Coco)