The Appalachian Trail is a continuous footpath which winds for more than 2,000 miles along the Appalachian chain in the eastern United States from the summit of Springer Mountain in the Blue Ridge of northeast Georgia to the summit of Baxter Peak on Mount Katahdin, deep in the evergreen forests of north-central Maine. On May 3, 1983, I started walking north from Springer. Along the way, I kept a very detailed hikers journal, which formed the basis for Then The Hail Came, a book about the adventure which will in all likelihood never be completed. As of this date, I have posted the entire contents of my latest draft to this web site. Anyone interested can access these excerpts from the Table of Contents page. All intelligent advice and comments are welcome.