It seems (and not to pick on Sly in particular, it was just a convenient quote) that many people are down on the idea of trying to meet a shuttler either in the middle or at the end of a hike. In general, I do agree that this should be avoided whenever possible. However, I had considered using a shuttle for both parts of the hike when the section I was doing was far away from the Philadelphia area (i.e., Georgia, NC/TN, upper NH, ME). The plan would be to fly in on a Saturday, be shuttled to the starting point Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, hike from Sunday to the next Saturday, shuttle back to the airport Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, and then fly back on Sunday. I would like to avoid either a.) driving 8-14 hours the day before and the day after the hike, plus leaving my car at a trailhead for a week or b.) renting a car at the local airport and having to pay nine days worth for only two days's use, not to mention leaving a rental car at the trailhead for a week. Not to mention that with both these alternatives, you still have to get a shuttle one way. Also, I thought it might be nice to get picked up in the middle of some sections and spend a night indoors--i.e., Erwin, Monson. However, if people really think it's that difficult to meet a shuttle, perhaps I need to reconsider my plans. What do you all think?As a shuttle provider there really is no other way. It's much too hard to judge when someone will be finishing their hike.