I agree Sly, why anyone would want to rip thru and not spend time in some of the VERY cool towns along the way is beyond me. But, alot of folks do. We met a guy who barely went into town ... all he ate was cheap granola bars and ramen.. even cold with ketchup. Ugh. I ended up sharing food with him cuz I felt bad. But, that was all the $ he had and he really wanted to hike. I think he had a great time too... I guess he felt that this was his chance so he took it.