Carey Kish is thru-hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He is currently in Pennsylvania. Entries from Carey’s trail journal are presented here. You can also follow his journey on Facebook.
June 30, 2015: Rausch Gap Shelter to 501 Shelter, 17.5 miles, 9am to 6pm.
Last day of June, wow! Down for the night in the bunkhouse known as 501, just a short distance from PA501. Warm and dry here on a rainy night. Took a cold shower in the solar shower. A bit shocking but at least I’m clean.
Ordered pizza and soda along with a few of the other hikers, delivered in no time from nearby Pine Grove. Two pieces left over are for breakfast. Washed my stinky clothes but I doubt they’ll dry on the line.
Raining early this morning so I slept in and hung out until it stopped. Coffee and cocoa and a Pop-Tart before I left.
Good walking most of the day. Not much sun, but humid as all get out. Sweated bullets. Crossed a bunch of roads, some pretty busy. Then under I-81. Up and over Second Mountain, then through Swatara State Park. Final up led to Blue Mountain, or so I think from what I can discern from my AT strip maps.
Good ridge walking rest of day. Some rough stretches of classic Pennsylvania rocks. A few viewpoints, but other than that, it was just a long green tunnel of woods walking.
Another night out tomorrow night, then I’m in Port Clinton. Heard from a hiker friend ahead that the classic hotel and bar there is closed this week. Damn. Guess I’ll go into Hamburg to resupply, eat and drink, and stay overnight. Need all of that and some decent WiFi.
Call to Fran at home tonight. Nice to hear her voice and feel the connection. Home in two weeks for a nice albeit short break from the trail. I’ll have about 700 miles left when I get back out here last week of July.
I’m coming New England!