Took a short 10 mile hike into Port Clinton where Buffalo Booby took the lead and got us to a great breakfast place. I won't boar you with what we had, but suffice it to say they had to close early today because, I think, they ran out of food. We then were able to get a shuttle (God forbid we walk the 1.7 miles off the AT) to Hamburg for a stay at the Microtel and a visit to Carbelas and Wal-Mart to resupply.
The hike today was over some pretty rocky terrain and finished with a very steep downhill into Port Clinton. We were at breakfast by 10:30AM after leaving camp at 6:00. We're doing great time over these rocks!
Guardian planned logistics to get us onto Palmerton on Sunday, while we had breakfast, so we're set for the next few days. We should be at the PA/NJ border in less than a week.
Carbelas store, their largest, is a hikers paradise. Had to hold myself back. Don't need to add any pack weight. Unfortunately the one thing I did need...repair of one of my hiking poles...is the one thing they don't provide. Need to find an REI.
The hotel is great and within walking distance of many restaurants and other hiker necessities like ice cream shops.
Tonight, after a stop at McDonalds for a shake we'll go to the AYCE (All You Can Eat) dinner at Carbelas.
Had a chance, and the phone service, to check in and find out how the family is getting along without me and the report was...just fine. Everyone has been so supportive this whole time. There hasn't been a thing I needed that hasn't been taken care of.
Well it's now well past hiker midnight. As it turns out we did quite a bit of walking around Hamburg since the shopping area is not walker friendly. Walking did have the advantage of keeping our trail legs in shape and allow us to consume a bit more calories.
Turned out, once again, to be a great day to be out on this adventure.
Thanks for looking in.
Love to all,
|This is as close as Trolley Stop has gotten to a bear, and lets hope it stays that way!|