For the first time in a while, we were one of the last ones in the shelter to get going. Pretty much everyone else was already packing up by the time we started to move.
The day was again fairly uneventful until we were going into town at 5:45 pm.
We needed a ride from Port Clinton to another town named Amber, PA. Amber had a Wal-Mart. So we walked to the main road and stuck out our thumbs. It took us a lot longer than usual to hitch a ride even though the road was very busy.
After about 30 minutes, a man pulled over in a pickup truck and asked us where we were headed. We told him and he and said to hop in the back. So we did. It was our first time to hitch a ride in the bed of a pickup. It was nice with the wind blowing around us, going down the highway. Once we had gotten close to town, he pulled off the main road to a small country road and then to a dirt track. David and I were a little nervous. The next thing we know, we are driving through a farm. It turns out that it was his farm and part of the farm was located right across the street from the Wal-Mart. After we had stopped he said, "If we wanted to, a part of his farm ran next to a nice stream and we could stay there". We thanked him and seriously thought about his offer.
After we had done everything we needed to in town, we attempted to hitch back to the trail. However, there were not any good spots along the road to do it at; so after 10 minutes of trying, we decided to walk back to the trail head. We wanted to take the short cut back through the farm, but first we stopped at a gas station to use the restroom. We were going to take turns using the facility, first Plant was going to watch the packs while I went to the restroom. While I was busy, Plant started talking to a man who had stopped at the gas station. When I got finished, they were still talking. As I walked up, the man asked if we needed a ride anywhere. We sure did and he told us to climb in back. This time we sat in the back of a mini van, which had the seats taken out. They dropped us off back in port Clinton, where we started this hitch hiking adventure.
We headed for a pavilion we had heard about from a hiker we had met at the Wal-Mart. Turned out that the pavilion was in the middle of the park, across the river from the train tracks. Luckily for us only one train went through while we were sleeping.
501 Shelter to Port Clinton, PA
Location: Latitude: 40.57849, Longitude: -76.02889