7/30 Signs, signs, everywhere signs (12.4)

August 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

We took today fairly slowly again, and met some locals.  Most of the businesses so far in Jersey have had very definite opinions about hikers.  We had heard that the owner of Joe to Go had a reputation for disliking hikers, but we didn’t realize to what extent all of Culvers Gap shared his opinion until we hiked down into it to find some breakfast/lunch.  We suddenly felt like we had walked into the wrong side of the 1950s. 

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We tried to abide by all the rules, but still got ignored for a long time at the first place we went to.  After finding racist blog posts that the owner had printed out and left for patrons to peruse, we decided to try being ignored at a different establishment.  The second place we went to had the ‘no hikers at bar’ sign, in addition to one that explicitly told hikers they had to take the back entrance.  We were standing outside wondering if the sign was serious or not when the owner came out and explained that it was.  We decided that if they took the time to actually talk to us we might as well eat there, and walked through the back gate past the dumpsters to the patio.  Apparently a lot of places in town have had issues with hikers smelling badly… We ordered off a menu that actually had ‘Freedom Fries’ listed non-ironically and enjoyed the strangely nice view:

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After lunch we climbed out of the least hiker friendly gap on the AT and back into the safety of the woods.  Hotspot caught up to us and the three of us hiked to Pochuck, walking around the Wallkill Preservation at dusk, which was lovely.

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A firetower where we wasted a lot of time watching the clouds.

We feel like we’re on vacation in Jersey, after PA.  Despite the flat, easy terrain we’ve been taking our time and stopping for the views.  We figure we probably won’t be coming back, so we might as well take it slow.