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    Here is a street view from a few years ago. 47800

    Here is a street view from a few years ago.
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    No problems, enjoy the site and you have a great...

    No problems, enjoy the site and you have a great weekend also!
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    I think you might have misread my intention, I...

    I think you might have misread my intention, I should have worded it a little differently I guess, I assure you that no baiting was intended. I agree that there is no actual listing of section-hikers...
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    It's funny, I was just thinking yesterday about...

    It's funny, I was just thinking yesterday about the new hostels that I see mentioned that did not exist when I hiked thru there. I think you hit it--it is probly a wash, some closed, some new. I...
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    Isn't that what this entire forum mostly is? or...

    Isn't that what this entire forum mostly is? or were you wanting exclusivity?
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    To answer your question, [NOBO] if the lake is...

    To answer your question, [NOBO] if the lake is flooded, they will reroute you from the Shook Branch picnic area west on 321 to Oliver Hollow Rd for a short distance then back onto the trail which...
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    Bubba - 276-730-5869, I am pretty sure you can...

    Bubba - 276-730-5869, I am pretty sure you can park at the Barn Restaurant right by the I-81 exit. Don Raines - 540-921-7433. both are good, reliable.
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    There is also a campsite beside the gravel road...

    There is also a campsite beside the gravel road about a mile south of the Davis camp turnoff, no water though, get your water at the bottom of the hill at the road crossing a mile north of the...
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    I have seen several trees like this in southern...

    I have seen several trees like this in southern Indiana but the trunks are not nearly large enough to indicate that they are 150 years old or older. Who is to say that early settlers may or may not...
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    I have parked there 3 times in the last 2 years...

    I have parked there 3 times in the last 2 years for several days at a time with no problem. The parking area is at the highest point in road [US52]. Trail comes out down the gravel road beside a...
  11. Depending on how old your son is, you might take...

    Depending on how old your son is, you might take Slo's advice. The climb up to the Lodge is by far the most difficult he will experience on the Approach trail. I [almost] ruined a grandson's hiking...
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    FWIW, the climb up the Ribble is probably...

    FWIW, the climb up the Ribble is probably steeper/tougher than the AT route, but the AT route is not tough. I really enjoyed this section.
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    The Ribble trail cuts off about 5 miles but also...

    The Ribble trail cuts off about 5 miles but also cuts off 2 of the finest views you will see in this stretch. If you do take the Ribble trail [NOBO] at least turn right when you reach the AT and...
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    They used to have a trail run on the IMT in the...

    They used to have a trail run on the IMT in the summer. If they still have it, you could count on the trail being cleared of any debris right after they are finished. Just a thought.
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    A person won't be backpacking too long before he...

    A person won't be backpacking too long before he runs into this type of situation and will be glad he has something to actually filter the water.
  16. I agree. I was driving a tow truck in '78 and...

    I agree. I was driving a tow truck in '78 and have some exciting memories. I don't remember the storm of '93 crippling us here in Indiana like it did in Appalachia. Certainly not as bad as '78.
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    Probably having one is tho.

    Probably having one is tho.
  18. I had pretty much of the same reaction to...

    I had pretty much of the same reaction to Bryson's book, however I did read more of his writings to try to understand where he is coming from. Just served to re-enforce my initial thoughts of his...
  19. You aren't really missing anything....JMO

    You aren't really missing anything....JMO
  20. There is room at the base of the tower to camp...

    There is room at the base of the tower to camp but I don't know if it allowed.
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    Not doing this has caused me to re-hike certain...

    Not doing this has caused me to re-hike certain areas later to see what I missed the first time. :(
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    Here is an excellent account of Handlebar's MST...

    Here is an excellent account of Handlebar's MST thruhike, telling where/how he camped along with much other info.

    https://www.trailjournals.com/journal/entry/368818
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    I have been experimenting with the "no stove"...

    I have been experimenting with the "no stove" concept on my latest trips as well with success.
    Interesting to see that so many others are doing it. I guess I just assumed that almost everyone...
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    Reminds me of something Nimblewill Nomad said in...

    Reminds me of something Nimblewill Nomad said in his book about halfway thru his epic IAT trek. He quit looking at his elevation profile just so it would always be a surprise to him.
    I am the same...
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    Absolutely worth your time.

    Absolutely worth your time.
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