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[at-l] RE: AT Resupply strategy

I echo Brian's comments, and would add that your food needs and tastes
are SURE to change from what you thought they'd be at the outset [unless
you are already a 1,000+ mile hike veteran!]  Packing some food makes
sense, but many, if not most hikers comment in hindsight that they
wished they'd packed less and bought more as they went.  Also.
logistically, I found it actually takes about the same amount of time to
coordinate and deal with limited post office times, and variable
delivery date efficiencies of the USPS, than it did to get a ride to the
nearest country store, Food Lion, etc.

Hike [and eat] on!


Brian Robinson wrote:

> I've been off-list for a couple weeks while at ALDHA and ALDHA-West, so I
> missed the start of this thread. To set the record straight, I had about 95
> resupply points during the entire hike, not just the AT.
> "Do as I say, not as I do." :-) I recommend everyone buy food in trail
> towns
> whenever it makes sense. We hikers are guests and our $$ does the local
> economies some good. We need the goodwill of the locals. Yes, it's
> faster to
> receive food in boxes, but most hikers really enjoy the time they spend in
> town. If you buy as you go, you don't have to pack all those boxes ahead of
> time and you're much more flexible when it comes to proper portions and
> favorite food choices.
> I really enjoyed meeting so many of you at the Gatherings. Thanks for all
> the kind words. And to those I didn't get a chance to meet, I hope to talk
> with you next time.
> Flyin' Brian
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