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April 3, 2004

Day 2, and the start of Day 3

Dad called this morning (Day 3) at about 8:40am.

The first shelter they passed yesterday was Gooch Gap Shelter1, then Gooch Gap2; When Dad called, he said they were about 3 miles out from Woody Gap3, which is probably where they spent last night.

April 2211 miles

Dad mentioned that the wind howls through the trees at night. He said it was almost like being at the ocean - just a constant roar of wind in the background. He said that despite the noise in the trees, the tent was very cozy, and kept them "snug as a bug in a rug."

Dad said it was about 60°F today, so they were shedding some layers. :) Ruth has a few blisters, and Dad's knees are bothering him a little - they're in a very hilly area, and hills are rough on the knees.

They're target for today is Woods Hole Shelter4, though they're guessing they'll pass it.

New Vocabulary

  • muds - mindless ups and downs
  • suds - senseless ups and downs
  • puds - painful ups and downs (Dad's addition)


1 Gooch Gap Shelter - 16.1 miles

2 Gooch Gap (2784 ft) - 16.4 miles

3 Woody Gap (3150 ft) - 20 miles

4 Woods Hole Shelter - 26.6 miles

Posted by erin . Saturday, 3 Apr 2004 . 04:07 PM, MST .


  1. Enjoy your rest and keep up the good hiking! I am so proud of you both! -reh

    Posted by Ruth . Saturday, 3 Apr 2004 . 05:07 PM, MST . #
  2. how is your dad calling you? [huh?] do they have pay phones on the trail? or can you re-charge your cell phone in a tree or something? just wondering...noel

    Posted by noel . Saturday, 3 Apr 2004 . 05:32 PM, MST . #
  3. Dad is carrying his cell phone.. ;-)

    Posted by Erin . Saturday, 3 Apr 2004 . 05:40 PM, MST . #
  4. Mike & Ruth Looks like things are going good for you guys. Keep on going and have fun while you can. We got home Sun. PM in good shape Mom & Dad

    Posted by Dad K . Sunday, 4 Apr 2004 . 01:29 PM, MDT . #
  5. What a thrilling experience you two are having!a
    You started off by brushing close to where our daughter, Lisa, and her husband live ... Bakersville, NC. It's gorgeous country there in the Smokies. Enjoy every step! Jack

    Posted by John C. Monday, 5 Apr 2004 . 08:35 PM, MDT . #