Day 41: Old Orchard to Trimpi

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


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Sunday, April 25, 2010

The entry for day 41 has somehow disappeared, this will be an attempt to recreate it, months later.

We awake bright and early at Old Orchard and during our breakfast preparations, our day suddenly becomes much brighter.  "Math Rage" hikes up from the road (1 mi away) and lets us know that him and his buddies are set up there camping and offering trail magic.  We, being the hungry thru-hikers, rush to hit the trail and I arrive first and practically run over to the tents set up with a smorgasboard of food.  They have pretty much everything imaginable to hikers: beer, bacon, oatmeal creme pies, snickers, nuts, soda pops, cake, fruit salad, pretzels, and other things I can't remember.  I think we all just sort of collapsed into our chairs and they came over and practically served us.

Math Rage had hiked the trail a few years ago and has been bringing up his friends one weekend to treat the hikers.  What an amazing thing, to walk out of the woods and just be totally uplifted by the kindness of fellow humans.  Clearly an obligation to "pass it forward" has been established!

After an hour the day is passing and I get up and move on.  There is a nice new shelter a little ways across the road, but a quick break suffices.  A long soft descent down into Dickey Gap with We'll See and Bow Tie is easy on the knees for once.  At the gap there are a couple of hikers that discovered a hound dog at a shelter, abandoned and starving.  It followed them out and they tried to feed it some and then went into town here to try to take it to a shelter.  This didnt work so they were back on the trail with the dog taking it to the next town.  The dog was a pretty good walker, despite its hungry-looking condition (not far off the thru-hiker look!)

Fast hiking is necessary to beat out a looming thunderstorm that seems to be nearly on top of us.  I manage to arrive at the shelter before anything happens and get myself a good spot.  The evening breaks open a couple hours later, after dinner.  The hound dog goes ballistic when Cowgirl shows up with her dog, Kelly.  I guess it was jealousy or something.  Anyway, the guys had to pack up and head up the trail in order to get the dog to be quiet.  Lot of responsibility to have animals out here.  However, I was really impressed at the amount of effort these guys were going to to save the dog.

Its now raining pretty good, and happy to be in a warm shelter with a roaring fire.  We've fit in nearly double the suggested capacity of this shelter, but when its bad weather out, this is the hiker way.

Donner
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