Day 81: Dan's Pulpit to Palmerton, PA

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

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Well some interesting news. This entry is being written from the Palmerton jail. While we do live on the wild side, no I did not get arrested. The city actually runs a hostel in the old basement of it's municipal building. It's a dank old cellar with a bunch of dirty hikers but it's free, including the showers!!

So today we woke up early to catch the sunrise but unfortunately it occurred just around the treeline from our vista. What a bummer! We still got the early start on the day though which is always a good thing. But the going was slow.

Finally PA is living up to it's reputation with the rocks. They were so ubiquitous and oh so painful. My pace dropped down to slothlike speeds and every step was a battle to not break my ankles. We still have a few days left of this so I'm a bit worried.  Fortunately the terrain improved and we crossed a road with a B&B and restaurant!! Surprise surprise we took full advantage and ate a full meal. Mmm. This was a bit early to stop for lunch but sometimes you have to make tough sacrifices.

After lunch I hike the difficult but fun knife edge, a section of trail that is slanted rock at a 45 degree angle and with drops on both sides. My legs felt like jello when I sat down safely in the woods below.

Pounding on rocks sort of defines the rest of the 22 mi day. We also get to do an exciting .5 mi trip downhill for water because the springs are starting to dry up. Not a good omen.

We approach town in the evening and get a hitch with no problem. The guy drives us right to the police station where we check in and head to the hostel. It's not quite as cool as it sounds, but it does sound cool right?

Ate dinner at the Palmerton Hotel and caught up on the sports action. A real indicator of our disconnect was that the Stanley Cup finals game was on and we watched intently, only to realize after it had ended that it was a replay. Oh well, I strongly dislike both teams anyway.  Haha. Good to see hockey though.

I guess well have to get moving early tomorrow... Big cliff face to climb and a long day to our next stay. I'm definitely being worn to the ground just like my shoes so I'll need to spend some down time (and buy new shoes I think) in the next town.

Keep the awesome comments coming. While they don't keep me out of jail, they do keep me out of the nuthouse.
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Sarah Lampe on

HA HA! You had me there for a minute with the jail thing. Question for you... where did you get, or what brand are those white coated cherries you had mixed in with your dried pineapples.? I've been jonesing for those things ever since I got home!!!!! I hope your shoes hang in there. Just let me know if you need an SOS delivery of some boots. I live near an REI, I have my days free and I'm only two hours away for the next few days. Any more snake sightings? Or did Chris and I only scare them out of their lairs???
Cousin Sarah

Yvie on

You had me going too! I was like, man, oh man, this is bad. Then it really did end up sounding pretty cool. Question: how do you keep hydrated all day? Are you filling up water bottles at the shelters? You've mentioned hikes to streams. Are you living on fresh mountain spring water? Yummmm. You may have already discussed this, but I am having trouble keeping up with all the information you're churning out. Good stuff.
Great to catch up on your last few days. 1200 miles under your belt is a smashing success!! Ya-hoooo!! I think you deserve a zero by now, Robert. Take good care.
Love, Yvie

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