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Re: [at-l] Sarcasm and sense

Mom & Pop stores along the trail have much more to offer the thruhiker than 
larger food stores do.... I think it's called atmosphere...
Remember it's not the destination, it's the journey...


Dogs ... like ... trucks  ...

> Richard Lubitz writes:
> >
> >If you could get some supermarket managers interested in a plan
> >such as this you could underwrite the shuttle service.  for
> >example, there is a supermarket a few miles (too many to hike)
> >down route 23 from where the AT hits that road at High Point, NJ
> >If the manager could be convinced to have a shuttle vehicle there
> >at say 10 AM and return after an hour at the store he would get 
> >all the thru hikers to shop his store.  I do not know if there is
> >enough profit margin to do this but I would imagine hikers may be
> >willing to shell out a couple of dollars to shop a large supermarket
> >rather than a country store who's only attraction is proximity to the
> >trail rather than the selection at a big market.
> >
> >Next we'll convince Campmor to run a shuttle from where the AT crosses
> >Route 17 since it is only 1/2 to 3/4 hour ride from there.  When they 
> >are not looking you can sneak next door to the EMS store.
> >
> >As I did last year, I will post just before season my contact # for an
> >emergency bailout in the NY/NJ area.
> >
> >happy trails,
> >Rich
> >N2CFJ
> >
> At first I read this and thought he was more a capitalist than me.
> Then I saw the point. Well, if we don't talk about it it will
> be a situation that either dies of its own accord or gets annoyingly
> gross as more hikers flock to the AT in search of something more
> than a vacation and exploration. A few kind words to all that read this 
> thread and are entertained or interested. Otherwise, put my 
> address in you kill file. Please. 
> I think what I want to convey is that hiking is individualistic
> and not going to be transformed into a hard and fast system. Some
> in ATL have suggested the fall of the mom and pops food stores with
> advent of a system that gets hikers food they want. Only if these
> stores can not stock food hikers want. I have said it before and say
> it again, the hike becomes a quest for food. Enter someone who can 
> get the hikers the food they want. Mom and pops stores can work with me 
> on this if they want. The question is, who really cares?  If a hiker 
> wants quinoa grain or brown rice or soy milk or sugar-free
> food substances for a diet, either a hitch to a Whole Foods grocer
> or a maildrop will have to take place. Yeah sure, I admit it, most 
> hikers like tuna and mac and a can of cola, but how many like 
> Amy's entrees or  a  veggie burger? Not many I guess, but those are 
> the ones I identify with. Those are the hikers that have alot of trouble 
> with food resupplying and find difficulty making others
> understand that their diets are important and not bizarre. I'm talking
> a specific need there. 
> I'm sorry, but lately I have seen the commercialization of Christmas
> and images of daily plenty of American life scream at me and I thought
> I was able to offer something good. If not, then I'll find out in due
> time. Meanwhile, I will take a good look at the idea I have pitched
> and try and improve it to include the country stores along the way.
> Would that help all that are involved more?    John 
> > 

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