The night I almost spent in jail…
Palmerton PA is a town that is only 1 mile off the trail. It is the site of the superfund and they mined zinc on the mountain leaving it barren and rocky. Even the berries I ate on the mountain likely had zinc. Who needs a multi-vitamin? Anyway, in Palmerton there is a hostel that is run out of the basement of the police station – the jail. Evidently it doesn’t even look like a jail. – which is disappointing. Most of the people I was hiking with stayed there including Tall Oaf, Castaway, Slowfoot, Nooga and Bandana.
I narrowly escaped by spending the night with the Bylers. Urbane and Janet were a
connection from Christina Dyck – a high school classmate of mine who works at Jubilee Partners in GA. Even though they were just coming back from vacation they were glad to have me. They own Byler Farms and raise goats, chickens and several crops. It was quite a place. Their niece Hannah picked me up from the trail and when we got gas for the car I picked up a Klondike bar and I looked at the nutritional information. 17 grams of fat?! It was nice to know that i didn’t have to worry about that. 🙂
The next day the Bylers slack packed me about 12 miles. This meant that I had a lighter day pack for my scramble up from Palmerton. It was so nice! They also brought water to the road crossing. Because it’s been so dry the springs at shelters and other places have become unreliable. It truly is magic when you find some water at road crossings. Thanks Bylers for being my trail angels!