Start: The Doyle/Ducannon, PA
End: Campsite at 1158.9
Total Miles: 1158.9
Tom is raring to go at 6am. Last night John told us that’s when Goodie’s opens for breakfast.
Goodie’s has done their walls in half homemade camo paint and there are pictures of deer everywhere. It’s a regular old diner and since we are here early, we get to listen to the regulars gab at the counter. They talk mostly about mechanical stuff and how much of their beer their sons/son-in-laws drink up on the weekends. It provides a very homey feel.
We each have an omelet plate and add one blueberry pancake. The food is very good. I don’t think I’m going to stuff it all in but somehow I manage.
We head back to our room just to come back out. There is a quick-mart-type store down the street and we’ll try to resupply there. Handstand has made it in to town and is on the hiker porch with a few others. One guy mentions the market is a better resupply, but we have no way to get there- the Doyle shuttle is at 4pm.
We find basics at the quick-mart. Tuna and tortillas. We decide to look elsewhere for a perishable lunch we can eat today after hiking out.
Back again, we find the guy has called a shuttle and is going to the market. We tag along. Waiting for the shuttle, I find out this is Mattheweski, another hiking Internet sensation ala white blaze. He is a character and keeps us entertained.
We also finally get the German couple’s names- Pacemaker and RunnerUp. We saw them briefly in the bar last night before heading to bed. They are headed to Goodie’s now. Almost no hiker gets up as early as us- in town or on trail.
We get sub sandwiches and are also able to resupply some things harder to come by in a quick-mart. Most important is garlic pills. There are several health benefits to garlic (disclaimer: I am not a Dr and do not play one on TV), but those are just bonuses for us. We take it because enough in your system will keep bugs at bay.
Outfitter finds some BOGO so we get yet another store card for savings and have yet another small extra to carry. With this summer gear weight, we get a lot of scope creep on our luxury items and incidentals. It is all in the name of saving a little money but man can it add up.
Hammer and Little Wing are here, waiting for the pharmacy to open. Trail angel Mary (our ride) makes sure they get her number to get a ride back versus trekking the dangerous road walk.
Back in our room we get down to business of packing our goodies. I even have time for a shower. We head out around 9:30 for a walk through town and over some bridges. The town is nice but the traffic we must walk by on the bridges to get to our next mountain is gross. I will never find walking next to semi trucks fun.
The climb and subsequent boulder scramble/climb out of town is HARD. We get to the first shelter to sit for lunch and Apollo, Pacemaker, and RunnerUp all show up and agree.
I am concerned because we’ve set our sights on a campsite that will be impossible to reach if the terrain stays this difficult. Pacemaker and RunnerUp want to make it there too- there is a brewery tour near Hamburg, PA they want to make on Monday.
Luckily, the trail gets easier. And I take a quarter pound of weight off me by shamelessly asking some day hikers to take our lunch trash. It includes some thick orange peel and lots of sandwich wrapper.
We make it to the next shelter and break for awhile. Another concern is whether we have enough water to dry camp. The water at this shelter is down 300 stone steps. We decide we will make due until the source .3 miles after the campsite.
Lots of people come to the shelter. Everyone talks of moving on, but it appears Outfitter and I are the only ones who do. This happens at shelters when things get social. And I have to say I’m sad we don’t get to hang out more since its a fun group (Handstand, Little Wing, and Hammer are on their way), but we are here to hike.
At camp, there is a solo guy Susquehanna Slim, whom we met yesterday. He’s already been here awhile and eaten.
Outfitter and I set up then make a dinner I came up with while hiking. It was all based around the ideas of using less water and lightening my pack load.
We had a dehydrated bean and rice soup mix that you cook in the bag, so no water needed for clean up. But soup didn’t really appeal. We made it using even less water so the finished product was more a paste. We spread that on tortillas (which are heavy when a full bag and something I carry) then topped it with the last of Outfitter’s wheel cheese. It is delicious and I sleep well-fed.