AT 2001 – Day 75 – Blackburn Center – Harpers Ferry

Day 75, 05-13-01

Blackburn Center – Comfort Inn, Harpers Ferry

11.5 miles, AT  –  1002.2

7:15 AM 11:45 AM

Slept well and got up around 6 AM.  Al, Bill and Surefoot had cheesecake and cold cheeseburgers.  It made me sick.

Blackburn Center

I saw two deer (51) on the way up the hill from the Blackburn Shelter.  The hike into Harpers Ferry was easy.  With only 5 miles to go I put the afterburners on.  I got to town at 1:30 PM.  Bill said he held his ground for a while but couldnt keep pace.

Meeting Mom, Dad and Gram was great.  It was really nice to see them.  I showered and so did Surefoot when he arrived.  After everyone went to eat.  Anduleia, Mukwa, Surefoot, Bill, Al, Gram, Mom, Dad, and me.  We all pigged out.  Bill got picked up by his son Will and left for home.  I will miss his company on the trail.  Al went with Bill back to the Blackburn Center to be picked up by friends.  Surefoot and EZ Glider along with Anduleia and Mukwa stayed in my parents extra room.

Okay I sucked in a little

Anduleia and Mukwa left in the early AM and EZ Glider and Surefoot left later around lunch.

The night before we all went to another A.Y.C.E. buffet.  I really enjoyed the food but all the people and waiting is a pain.  After cooking for myself every day its a pain to have to wait.

Scatman 2011- I love the last line.  Now I hate to cook but it’s more a lack of time then me not wanting to cook.  Example:  Tonight I didn’t eat until 8:30 pm since that is when I got done with my bike ride.  Lucky for me I brought extra for lunch and had a snack before I left work.  I guess you can compare cooking on the trail with every day cooking.

On the trail I cook in one pot that is 1.3 liters I believe.  The meals on require about 5 minutes of boiling then I leave the pot covered for 5-10 minutes and it steep cooks.  Washing my dish on the trail consist of a little water, my finger and some times my spoon to scrap off anything that burned to the bottom.  Swish it around , burry in a hole or toss the water, dry and pack it back up.  No soap, no fuss, just quick and easy.



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  1. Mark Baummer says:

    I used to drink my dishwater- no calorie spared! I used iodine to purify water, and the whole mess would turn purple whenever I cleaned up noodles- something about the starch!

  2. Scatman says:

    I watched a guy on the LT drink his dish water and he add some left over grated Parmesan cheese and their was something else too. It looked like a watery shake. I was very disturbed by this. I have never been able to stomach drinking my dish water. Nasty.

  3. I drank the dishwater too. It wasn’t too bad after ramen, but was pretty gross after mac’n’cheese