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Post Office Closure affecting food delivery on popular hiking trails

pdxgastro Jul 30, 2011 07:26 PM

I heard about it on NPR. Hikers like to mail themselves packages with food and supplies when they undertake long treks. But when the small post offices close to the trail due to be shut down, what can they do?

Pacific Crest Trail: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015759708_apwapostalproblemswash2ndldwritethru.html

Appalachian Trail: http://travel.usatoday.com/news/story...

It's a sad state of affairs.

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    pine time Aug 1, 2011 06:32 AM

    Hmm, replied to this and today it's gone. Anyway, Mr Pine and I hiked the AT 20+ yrs ago and did all the mail-ahead food stops. What a shame it may change--we met some fascinating people in those small towns, and the little treats I had packed in the boxes were mighty appreciated.

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      mpjmph Aug 1, 2011 10:38 AM

      I'm sure enterprising locals will start offering supply services - you ship your food/supplies to them and they'll hold on to it in their living room until you get there.

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        cb1 Aug 1, 2011 05:14 PM

        Thanks for article pdx . I never even thought about that. Have friends who have done the AP trail and I know they counted on these post offices along the way. I think mpjmph is right, locals will start offering supply services. Hopefully its not a gouge type situation. Although the hikers of the AP trail are a tight group, I'm sure they will come up with a resourceful plan. Hiking the whole thing was one of my goals, I'm afraid that plan has passed. Getting old sucks. ;)

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          pdxgastro Aug 1, 2011 06:38 PM

          cb1, read Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" about when he did the Appalachian Trail. He wasn't all that youthful when he hiked it.

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            pine time Aug 2, 2011 07:15 AM

            Yeah, I have a first edition of the set Hiking the Appalachian Trail and if I recall, there was a 70+ yr old woman who did it. We also hiked in the Rockies and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon--ah, those were the [young] days. Now I've had 1 knee replacement and the other needs doing, too. Carrying a 40# pack is probably not likely.

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