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Harper’s Ferry, WV

Six hundred and forty miles to go!!!

I can’t believe it. No, I can believe it.

Our past few nights out on the trail have been bitter cold. The days have been bearable, warm even with all our activity. Very happy to be out of PA. The state seems to go on forever (there’s 229 miles of AT in PA) and there were few exciting vistas to break it up. Very rocky. Hunting is permitted in many areas the AT runs through, and the sound of gunfire in the not-so-distant vicinity made this lady very nervous. Bring on the blaze orange!

Between the temperature and the doldrums, I definitely had my doubts about going on. As I lay in the tent at night, I could think of eight million things I could be doing besides freezing my ass off in the woods. I genuinely started to miss Savannah, my buddies, the food, the weather…  

J and I got into town yesterday afternoon, in the middle of an unseasonably early snowstorm. Six to ten inches in some areas. We were lucky enough to have friends in town, Ron and Linda. Yay, home-cooked food! We ate like monarchs. Went to the only open bar in the area, The Town Inn, where we befriended a lively group of weekend vacationers, thru-hikers, and even a couple of full-time residents. Got our pictures taken at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, where we looked at pictures of our trail buddies who are now miles ahead of us.

Backtrack

The stop before this was at Boiling Springs, PA. We stopped for a quick resupply, and befriended a whole family of Trail Angels who opened up thier fabulous home to us for a great home-cooked meal, shower, and to spend the night in thier awesome, decked-out basement. Many, Many thanks to Greg, Janet, Scott, and Chris S. They totally made our weekend.  

Before Boiling Springs, we stopped in Duncannon, PA, to wet our whistles at the world-famous Doyle Hotel. The owners, Pat and Vickie, are super sweet people who tell a really good story. The fried catfish basket and hushpuppies were off the chain!! There is not much else in Duncannon, but if you’re ever to pass through, don’t miss this eccenteric hotel.

There’s more, I promise to update soon. Right now, there are others waiting on the computer.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in Appalachain Trail 2011

 

Palmerton, PA

A little over 900 miles to go! Feeling good, in the not entirely hiker-unfriendly town of Palmerton, PA.

Came into town a little after seven last night, no vacancy at the for-pay Hotel in town, so we stayed at the free Jail House Hostel. The man who checked us in gave us the most rough treatment we’ve had on the trail yet. Very, very gruff from the start. No greeting, no response to our greetings, our ‘please’ or ‘thank you’s. During the reluctantly-given ‘tour’, he neglected to answer my question about the ladies’ shower or bathroom, so I had to figure it out myself. Jason was understandably ruffled. I’m not going to study it no farther than the town line. Maybe dude was just having a bad night, but he might also just have a problem with hikers. During my ladies’ bathroom-hunt, I overheard him bitching about how hikers ‘have free run of the place’ (mind you, Thursday night was not “bumping”- we were the only two there) and there should be a larger hotel nearby to send them all to.

This morning, we went to Bert’s Steakhouse, where they served a lackluster, fat and gristle heavy steak and eggs. Our waitress was about as enthusiastic about our visit as our host last night. We were stared at, full-on, by over half the restaurant. I’m so sick of the stares. We totally were showered and clean by this point. Two young people with backpacks less than two miles away from the most heavily traveled foot path in the States? Not an event, certainly. Yes, I know I’m sexy, and my boyfriend devilishly handsome, but this is 2011. An interracial couple should not draw so many looks, no matter how knockout hot they may be.

The first genuine smiles we got all day have been at the library. Like a breath of fresh air! Happy women, kids psyched for story time, Quilt auction fundraiser. Heck yes.

Gear Update- Our shoes by Innov8 totally fell apart on us after two, three weeks. Less than the 600 miles the salesman assured us. Swiss design meets Chinese manufacturing, maybe? Not cool. The store is sending us a new pair w/in the week, but rather than lose time waiting for the exchange, we caught a sweet sale (bogo 50%off) and now I’m rocking a pair of Saucony Exodus runners. J has a pair of Nike (yes, we know) Pegasus.

J just tried to upload photos, but our battery died! Booo!

Shout-outs to Keeps, Brother, Deuce, 3hats, Bones, Sanka, Sherpa, Eli W.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Appalachain Trail 2011

 
 
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