Bradford, I checked on the three shelters you mentioned they seam really nice. I will definitely stay at them.
I sent four emails out so far to different hostels. Some of the email addresses that I found didn't work. Mountain Harbor got back to me allready and said they would be open and have a small general store. I will try the numbers you gave me.
I think Matthews idea of dropping boxes at various places(hostels or where else?) would be my best and cheapest option. I might be able to resupply every other day after all. I wouldn't have to worry about running out of cigars either. Thats a big plus!
Matthew, I used to go on Whiteblaze.net all the time but recently I keep getting this message when I type in the web address:
An appropriate representation of the requested resource / could not be found on this server.
Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request."
I am thinking it must be my ISP. I will try viewing the site at my mothers house as she has a different ISP.
My original plan was to have my fiancee follow me to Damascus where we would leave my truck and then she would drop me off at Erwin at the outfitters. Her car gets 32 MPG and my truck gets 25 MPG. It will cost at least $50 in gas total to drive both our vehicles the round trip. I don't know how much a shuttle would cost me. Probably more, right?
If I can park somewhere safe for free that would be great. Perhaps I should call the two outfitters in Damascus and ask them if there has been alot of vehicle broken into or stolen from the parking lot Bradford suggested. Here is what the Damascus website says about hiker parking:
"Parking: If you plan to leave your vehicle parked for more than one day on Wilson Street or Imboden Street, please stop by the Town Hall on Laurel Avenue, or call the Town Police at (276) 475-3341 to register your vehicle with the town. Parking on Wilson Street, or on Imboden Street at the gravel lot next to the Damascus Old Mill, is at owner's risk, even though the Town Police Officers will keep the vehicle under surveillance."
John, I am trying to get it typed up on Excel right now. I still haven't weighed a few things. What is the best place to upload an Excel document to the internet so I can post a link here?
Thanks for all the help guys, keep it coming.