04/22/2010 — Troutdale, Appalachians, and Hostel

April 24, 2010

We awoke at our usual time and began our usual routine (although we opted to go for more cold rice instead of taking the time to cook – we figured the longer we hung around the more chance we had of getting caught). Though the morning was chilly, the sky was much more clear and less overcast – so it looked like the beginning of what would be a beautiful day. While we were packing up our tents we heard vehicles coming close by. We both crouched down and stopped talking – two park ranger trucks drove past the sites ajacent to our clearing and headed off into the back of the park. It was a fairly close call – so we very quickly packed up everything and got out of there before the rangers came back through.

Once we were back on the road and in the clear things went pretty smoothly – for a while. The riding in the morning was good and we were about on schedule with our usual progress for the day. However, a very long series of climbs through the Appalachians ( and right past the trail) slowed us down considerably. My legs were already a bit sore in the morning but around 1 PM they just began to feel quite weak. We were still climbing all of this time, and so I dropped down to some really easy gears and was just struggling to continue riding. I’m not sure if it was because I didn’t sleep well last night due to worry of being caught, or if it was the fact that today is seven days of riding straight without a break – but I can definitely say that by the time 3 PM rolled around I was feeling pretty much shot for the day.

We were going to stop for our second lunch as per usual and then continue ahead another 6 – 10 miles to a campground that was on our map, but the man at the general store we stopped at in Troutdale informed us of a hikers hostel that the local Baptist church runs that was right up the street from us. He told us that people can stay for whatever they felt they should donate – and since my legs were already shot and we hadn’t stayed at a hostel yet we headed up the road in that direction.

The hostel is just a small two room building in back of the church – with wooden bunk beds and a bunch of things that would/did prove to be quite useful. We set up our bed area and then headed out to the grass to make some dinner. After eating Dawson went back to his bunk and I headed to the other room to check out the rest of the hostel. There were journals and pens out on a table filled with tales from the many people who have stayed over the past 2 years (the earliest date I found was 2008), many of whom are hikers on the Appalachian Trail. I wrote a small entry for Dawson and myself, just expressing our gratitude to the church for providing a cool place to stay for the night – and also describing the cause behind our trip and leaving the blog URL.

I’m hoping that this extra few hours of rest and a good nights sleep will get me back to feeling good tomorrow. We’re continuing into some pretty serious mountains over the next several days – but the biggest climb will be tomorrow. Right now we’re very close to the Tennesse border, and tomorrow we’ll be cutting up Northwest towards Elkhorn City, Kentucky.

I’m hoping that this extra few hours of rest and a good nights sleep will get me back to feeling good tomorrow. We’re continuing into some pretty serious mountains over the next several days – but the biggest climb will be tomorrow. Right now we’re very close to the Tennesse border, and tomorrow we’ll be cutting up Northwest towards Elkhorn City, Kentucky.

The adventure continues…

Advertisements

2 Responses to “04/22/2010 — Troutdale, Appalachians, and Hostel”

  1. Megan said

    That hostel is so cool, looked like a cool.place to spend the night! Hopefully you will happen upon more of those now that you are on the transamerica trail!

  2. hey, awesome stories out on the rioad! hiding from park rangers in a closed campsite? sounds like a Friday night in high school! you guys are doin well, keep up the solid work and keep up the documentation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: