Duncannon to Hamburg PA
7/12: Up and out for 18 miles to lame shelter. Fairly easy day. We hung out with Little Bird who helped us walk really quickly up the only hill of the day. Little Bird walked on, but we decided to camp by a nearby stream instead with Whistler and Walking Home and a nice fire:D Lavendyr came in late after us.
7:13: Up late at creed. Walking Home and Whistler were gone by the time we got up. 17.5 miles to 501 shelter by 501 road. Cool enclosed shelter with big skylight and bunks. Solar shower (too cold!) and running water. Ordered a big pizza for each of us with Walking Home and Whistler and had it delivered to the shelter! Met Veggie and Squared (or V^2 in shorthand). Also saw Dust, Keystone, Flyfeet, Slowpoke and more. Lavendyr joined us late. Long day planned tomorrow, 24 miles so going to get up early.
7/14: Up at 5:30a and out by 6. Leaving Lavendyr because she’s gotta keep going past Hamburg and can’t take off two days like we plan to with Scot’s Uncle Mike. Will very much miss herL No breakfast until morning break. SoF walked with Keystone and talked about the Camino de Santiago in Europe a bunch. Quick break with pizza! Veggie gave us some honey to put on the crusts YUM! Then 6 more miles til quick snack and foot break. Long haul today. Finished our 24 miles by 5, almost an hour early! Uncle Mike found us in Port Clinton after kindly picking up our PO boxes in Hamburg. He drove Walking Home and Whistler to the Walmart in Hamburg and then we were off to Emmaus PA where he lives. Arrived around 6 and his wife Linda had a great feast of Beef Stew with mashed potatoes, a fresh-from-their-garden spinach salad and toasty bread. Big feast then early to bed.
7/15: Up late at 9:30/10 for breakfast, then off for some errands with Mike and to see the town. Drove into Emmaus to met some of the borough council ppl (Mike is on the Borough Council in Emmaus) including the borough manager. To center of town triangle (like a town square…but a triangle) to imagine what Emmaus would have looked like as a one track-and-fields kind of place. On to the Rememberance Garden that Mike helped to create. Rose garden where you can have a brick made to commemorate things you want to remember. Eagle Scout walk, Veterans, Families, Businesses etc all have an area of the garden with bricks. Found Scot’s Grampa, Rebecca, Mike and Elain (Scot’s mom and aunt and uncle) bricks and kids and grandkids bricks and retirement ones too. Saw Knauss homestead-old family home and barn from long-ago in Emmaus, now a historical society gives tours. Signed up Mike’s grandkid Louie for daycare-he’s just turned 4 and coming in from Spain for a visit next week. Other grandkid Adam just turns 1 next week too! To grocery store and home for BLT Yum lunch and a nap. Blogging and journals then lasagna and salad dinner-yum again! Eating so much-it’s all so good! Talked to Toothfairy-she’s headed for the PCT for a few days and then will visit us around Killington VT! She’s sending us another box too, too fun! Early to bed for me. Scot is going to run a 5K in the AM…Crazy!
7/16: Up early to get Scot to race at community 5K. After starting up front, he didn’t do as well as he expected but he had fun and supported a good cause. Scot is re-vamping our intinerary to make the White Mountains (known to be tough!) lower mileage days and to see where we could maybe go into NY for a day. Blogging almost done! Talked to some cool Scouting neighbors of Uncle Mike’s-they were very interested in our gear and the trail. Fun to talk to them about it. Linda made ANOTHER great lunch of grilled chicken (grilled by Mike!), corn on the cob, cucumber salad, grilled zucchini, and baked potatoes for lunch! Mike and Linda also sent us to Dorneypark, a local amusement park since Scot found out I’ve never ridden a real roller coaster (only goofy wooden ones).
We rode Hydra: the Revenge (loopty upside-downy rolley coaster-terrifying), and Talon (ditto, more terrifying) and Scot rode a bunch of water slides (and I sat very still for a bit) and then we did some little cars with lawn mower engines (whee!) and then we rode Thunderhawk (a wooden coaster-rattly and scary!) and then we rode the carousel. We got the Starlight price which is after 5pm…the way to go! Many fewer people and less hot. We also had a good time people watching for all sorts of terrible swim suits. Dorneypark is the place to see and be seen! Linda plans a big breakfast for us tomorrow and then 15 miles to a neat shelter. Will miss it here when we leave. Will also miss Irwin (Mike and Linda’s sweet yellow Lab)-he’s so sweet!
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