Day 76: Duncannon, PA to Peters Mtn

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hello my dear readers!
We are camped out in a nice big shelter here on the ridgeline leading east from Duncannon. I say we, because I hiked today with my friend Chris from Michigan and my cousin Sarah from Philadelphia. It's great to be hiking with some non-trail people (and the somewhat slower pace is also relaxing and healthy once in a while...)

So my cousin arrived this morning and we got our packs arranged and ready to go and then shuttled the cars around so that we could hike and have a car waiting. This is always a somewhat annoying task when hiking a non-loop trail, but you just gotta do it anyway. This takes about an hour before we are back at the Doyle and ready to hike at around 10am.
Interestingly enough, it happens to be Memorial Day Weekend and Duncannon is having it's local parade today! So we are hiking down the trail and passing at first just people sitting in their lawnchairs and eventually the parade is going by, fire trucks, marching band, veterans, sports cars, etc.

Funny because we were the hikers walking the opposite way and getting as much, if not more attention than the parade. People greeted us, asked where we were going, etc. Friendly locals is a nice way to start the day, and a parade!!  Amazing, you may be surprised to learn this is my first parade on the AT...

Chris and Sarah are clearly my good luck charms! (or so we were thinking) after walking along the long highway bridge over the Susquehanna river and climbing up the first mtn, Sarah notices that her boot sole is totally ripping off!  They have a saying that Pennsylvania is where boots go to die. Perhaps there is some truth to that.

So we repair the problem with my last little bit of duct tape and hike on. Unfortunately it does become clear that the boots need more than that. We end up salvaging a bit of spare string, some bear bag line, and two stuff sack drawstrings. Besides some periodic adjustments to this, it does work. Ah field repair, you never know what's going to happen!

Amazingly there is a whole roll of duct tape here when we arrive at the shelter. This will be most useful when we tape Sarah into her boots in the morning!

The hiking was pretty good, nice and level and a few pretty decent viewpoints. I'm just very happy to have some people out to hike with and share the AT experience. They are both either enjoying themselves too or really good at faking it. The boots thing is a bit odd because Chris was actually hiking with me in Maryland when my boots died early this year! I better be careful!
So we are settling down for the night and it's weird to have Chris waiting to read this when I post it. (he's telling me to hurry up) I guess that means I can't insult them until they are back home...haha.

Hope you are all well. You'll be glad to know I've regained control of my email address, so feel free to send comments and questions and I should be able to read and respond again. Once again I apologize for any strange emails you may have received from the hacker!!
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Karen Kerekes on

Hi to all 3 of you. Glad to hear things are going well. Ah, duct tape, wonderful stuff. Did you know that duct tape will also hold a race car together for you. Chris can explain that one (remember Doc) Stay dry, safe and I hope you get enough to eat. I wish you were having the same weather we are having here in Ludidngton, MI. The temps are in the high 70's and lows in the high 50's -60's, sunny, sunny and sunny. Rob, when Jeff and I were out on the Parkway Sept. 08 on our motorcycle, we started out in sleeveless shirts and ended up in our leathers by time we made it to Clingmans Dome, on the way back down of course the leathers started coming off as the temps changed by some 50 degrees. I'm jealous of your travels. Miss you Chris,

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