Location: Hampton Inn outside Palmerton, PA
Everyone slept late this morning after getting to bed late. Ten o’clock seemed like six o’clock as everyone limped around on sore feet from the rocky walk yesterday into town. Not much went on today. The rain fell until about 4:00pm, so everyone hesitated to return to the trail. We gathered all of our dirty clothes together and split the cost of laundry. While our clothes dried, we ate a decent breakfast at Bert’s Diner. Afterwards, we all went to the library and messed around on the computers.
We heard from Cold Feet today. She hadn’t come to the hostel surprisingly. As it turns out, she yellow blazed to Littleton and will be staying there until her ride picks her up to take her to Maine. She plans to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness, which she hasn’t done yet. The temperatures are low, with highs in the fifties. She has been hitchhiking more than hiking. I don’t think she’s ready for the wilderness in these conditions. Maybe I’m wrong. Hopefully I’m wrong. I also hope that she keeps her promise and will slack-pack Bears and I through northern Virginia. We’ll see about that too.
All of the other hikers but Bonefish left today in the late afternoon. Bonefish is trying to get to Ithaca, NY to see friends at Cornell University. He is at a local gas station/coffee shop right now asking strangers for rides to any one of five cities nearby with a bus station. If he fails to get a ride, then Katie and I will take him to Port Clinton so that he can hitch to Reading, PA.
I’m still at the police station hostel. The rules are very strict here. Hikers are allowed one night only. I bet that I will be kicked out soon. Of course, I’m not causing any trouble, only quietly sitting and writing. Katie won’t be here until at least 10:00pm. It’s 6:30pm now. If I get tossed, I’ll probably go bowling or something. There’s no movie theater. I can’t wait to see Katie. I just don’t know where we will stay tonight.