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Old 06-13-19, 07:08 PM
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Are raccoons that big a problem on the GAP? In various threads I haven't seem them mentioned much. Seems sort of a hassle to use a box, not cook/eat in tent etc.
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Old 06-13-19, 07:30 PM
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Yeah, I did Ohiopyle once. Lesson learned. My plan is Roundbottom, but Iím not averse to the Connelsville site if for some reason I donít want to stop sooner. Might be annoying that close to town, but on the plus side it should be easy to find breakfast without making it myself.

There is a paid site (KOA) just before you get to town that at least used to be very good. Haven't stayed in a while.
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Old 06-13-19, 11:25 PM
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Connellsville is nice. First, it’s free, second, it’s a short walk to a nice grocery store, and third, you can set up your tent under a roof, which came in very handy last time I was there with torrential downpours in the middle of the night. Only downside is the bumblebees that are slowly eating the shelters. Another guy staying there said he could hear them all night, but I had first choice of shelters and picked the one that seemed the least infested. Plus, I sleep with earplugs when camping.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
Must be new. I don't remember even seeing the signs for this place.


You have to book online??? That is nuts. Every campsite on the trail is hiker biker.

What the hell is a hobbit shower?? From the sounds of it, I would not fit.
Yeah. I don't remember seeing the place listed, but it's now on the official site's camping list.

Thought the same thing when I saw the on-line requirement. Thinking it's a private land owner who wants to know who is going to be showing up ahead of time.

Re showers: I am interested in the part about showering with someone else. Is a shower partner included in the camping fee?
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Originally Posted by alan s
Only downside is the bumblebees that are slowly eating the shelters.
There was a used condom in one when I stayed there in 2013. But it's definitely convenient.
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Old 06-14-19, 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by alan s
Connellsville is nice.
As long as you don't mind cleaning up a used condom before you put down you sleeping pad.
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Old 06-14-19, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
There was a used condom in one when I stayed there in 2013. But it's definitely convenient.
LOL beat me too it. Did not notice your post.

I just hope it is not the same condom we saw. Actually I have seen one there more than once.

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Old 06-14-19, 06:36 AM
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Sounds like you guys need bare precautions more than bear precautions. 🙄 Can't you just call housekeeping? 😁😉
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
LOL beat me too it. Did not notice your post.

I just hope it is not the same condom we saw. Actually I have seen one there more than once.
A trail volunteer rolled buy and stopped to talk to me the night I stayed there. I told him about the condom. He told me that local kids often use the shelters to have sex, often during the day because they are less likely to be occupied.
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Well, there are four shelters now, so the chance of finding a condom free shelter are much higher.
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Old 06-14-19, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by alan s
Well, there are four shelters now, so the chance of finding a condom free shelter are much higher.
Or just more love shacks for the local kids.

Condom or no condom. Those places are just too accessable to town. Too easy to get ripped off if you are a heavy sleeper. And you aren't going to get much sleep if you are a light sleeper.

The new motel in town is one heck of a deal.
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Old 06-14-19, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
I have been on the GAP dozens of times and have never seen a bear on the trail. In fact, I have been living in PA for 60 years and have never seen a bear here. Not that they don't exist, they do but raccoons are your bigger worry.

And in my yard it is chipmunks. They have taken over the yard.

If you need a place to stay or want a tour of Pittsburgh let me know. Happy to help if I am around.
I live in Monroeville and currently, there is a bear in the area. They are definitely around along the GAP, but rarely seen.

I hang the bag I carry food in. I carry line on which a have a lead weight, and throw the weight over a branch and hoist the food bag up off the ground, and far enough down from any branches so raccoons cannot get into it as well.

I just got home last night from a tour, and my first night out, I had finished eating, and went to the bathroom before I cleaned up and hung the bag. I was cleaning utensils in the bathroom. By the time I got back, a raccoon had already chewed a hole in my bag, and proceeded to open and eat an entire cinnamon roll out of the bag. Crafty little suckers and bold as well. I was only gone a few minutes.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
There was a used condom in one when I stayed there in 2013. But it's definitely convenient.
Yes, finding used condoms is convenient and always a good way to save a few bucks.
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
Yes, finding used condoms is convenient and always a good way to save a few bucks.
I sure did set myself up for that one.
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While we’re on the subject of condoms, how come no one ever includes them on their packing list? Do you do without, buy locally or what?
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Originally Posted by alan s
While weíre on the subject of condoms, how come no one ever includes them on their packing list? Do you do without, buy locally or what?
I leave them at home and abstain while on the road. Even one of my condoms is just too heavy to tote along.
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While weíre on the subject of condoms, how come no one ever includes them on their packing list? Do you do without, buy locally or what?
I include one in my gear pack. I find it funny the expression on other solo cyclotourist face when I mention casual sex while traveling. What is this unsaid thing of turning into a monk while cyclotouring? This goes for female travelers as well.
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The fact that I've been happily married for 29 years means the topic rarely comes up for one thing.

I think that female solo cyclists have their radar on pretty good for other solo cyclists who bring up the subject of casual sex. It's probably a concept they have to guard against rather than encourage. I would not want to make a female I met on the road feel awkward or uncomfortable or wary of putting in some miles together. Also a poor warmshowers greeting.

"oh.. a lone female traveler, wonder if I should start talking about casual sex?"

If it happens it happens (for others) but I can't see bringing it into a conversation with strangers.

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Old 06-20-19, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
I leave them at home and abstain while on the road. Even one of my condoms is just too heavy to tote along.
You could always cut it in half. The short way, not the long way.
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