Ascent to Chester Gap Peak 1467-East Slope on 2007-07-29
|Date:||Sunday, July 29, 2007|
|Ascent Type:||No Summit Goal|
|Point Reached:||Chester Gap Peak 1467 - East Slope|
| Elevation:||1355 ft / 413 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDAY #72 ----GERRY COUTU PASSED AWAY
My plan, as I left for the day's hike, was a short day (2.9 miles), out at Chester Gap/US522 to a Front Royal Hotel, resupply and get back on the AT in the AM. The hike was easy, all downhill on a mostly rocky trail(evidence of things to come), at Chester Gap rte #522, I hitch-hiked to town and checked into the Scottish Inn (a really nice Maryland guy in a VW picked me up, on his way to an auction. He actually passed me and turned around). I did my usual errands in the PM, ready to continue the AT in the AM.
AT 23:00 hrs Rose woke me up with really bad news - GERRY COUTU PASSED AWAY this evening. I changed my for tomorrow .... I will make the necessary arrangements to leave the trail tomorrow (July 30) and drive to Welland for the funeral services. I will be off the trail for 5 days and be back for day #73 on Sat Aug 4/07.
I ended up renting a car from Entreprise Rent a Car, I will leave here July 31 for the August 2 funeral services, and be back here on August 3.
AVERAGE STATS AFTER 72 DAYS (includes 8 rest days)
4 states (GA,NC,TN,VA), 955.2 total miles, 5.4 hiking hrs/d, 2.8 mph, 14.9 miles/d, 41 miles of climbing and a finishing date of sept 22.
"STEPHEN IS THE SUN THAT CAME DOWN TO EARTH TO WARM OUR HEARTS"
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||305 ft / 92 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gain on way in:||305 ft / 92 m|
| Distance:||2.9 mi / 4.7 km|
| Route:||AT day #72 nb-tom floyd hut/us522, front royal|
| Start Trailhead:||tom floyd wayside hut 1050 ft / 320 m|
| Route:||AT nb to chester gap, us 522, front royal hotel|
| End Trailhead:||chester gap, us 522, front royal, scottish inn |
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