FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere!

Posted by: Biggerfoot

FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 10:54 AM

I just got back from touring the Adirondacks and upstate New york via western PA. It was very picturesque with the rolling hills and mountains, small farms, and quaint towns. I even saw my first bald eagle in the wild on the way up.




I camped west of the actual Adirondack Park for a few days. It was next to a state forest. I like to take hikes when possible so I can see up-close a lot of what I miss while I riding.




One of the more bizarre things that happened while hiking is that the trail I was on was flooded due to an overnight rain (it was along a swamp). It was pretty deep (maybe a couple of feet) and I did not feel like hiking for miles in wet feet so I was staring to find logs to make a footpath.



I then looked up and out of nowhere, a FedEx truck came down the trail! I had not seen a person, let alone a vehicle in over an hour as it was in a pretty remote place. He crossed the flooded area and then let me hop on the back and backed over the swamp. He stated that his GPS showed the trail was a road and was just following the directions. It made for a much nicer hike.



I use MotionX-GPS to keep track of my hikes and it works well (time includes starting to find logs to build a footpath).

Posted by: steveg

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 11:17 AM

LOL, and do you know what FedEx charges to deliver to what they consider a "rural" address? More than triple their regular rate. I had to overnight some papers to my X in Lake Elsinore, CA a couple of years ago. $80 for what would be normally be a $22 fee! shocked
Posted by: Jim_

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 11:36 AM

Great story, looks like a great trip too. cool
Posted by: Biggerfoot

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 11:42 AM

Originally Posted By: steveg
LOL, and do you know what FedEx charges to deliver to what they consider a "rural" address? More than triple their regular rate. I had to overnight some papers to my X in Lake Elsinore, CA a couple of years ago. $80 for what would be normally be a $22 fee! shocked


I sure did not see any homes in the area. I am guessing it was just a short-cut to an area on the other side of the forest. I think he was just as surprised to see someone as I was! He sure earned his pay at least in making my day!
Posted by: DLC

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 12:26 PM

Originally Posted By: steveg
LOL, and do you know what FedEx charges to deliver to what they consider a "rural" address? More than triple their regular rate. I had to overnight some papers to my X in Lake Elsinore, CA a couple of years ago. $80 for what would be normally be a $22 fee! shocked

Yeah but it was worth the $80 to be a free man wasn't it ? wink

laugh
Posted by: Celandine

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 01:39 PM

I use MotionX too.. loving it!

The scenery looks downright familiar! wink
I used to camp the Catskills so often
I shoulda' considered erecting a MailBox.

Peekamoose Mt
between Sundown and Ellenville, NY.

if'n you're not familiar with the scenic
North Eastern forests... watch grabbing logs
they're (in)famous for housing Eastern Rattlers.

No biggie, just mind where you're grabbing (& stepping)
Posted by: Biggerfoot

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 03:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Celandine
I use MotionX too.. loving it!

The scenery looks downright familiar! wink
I used to camp the Catskills so often
I shoulda' considered erecting a MailBox.

Peekamoose Mt
between Sundown and Ellenville, NY.

if'n you're not familiar with the scenic
North Eastern forests... watch grabbing logs
they're (in)famous for housing Eastern Rattlers.

No biggie, just mind where you're grabbing (& stepping)


I was very mindful of what critters could be lurking under the rocks and logs, especially on a sunny day near a swamp! I was even throwing rocks at where I was thinking of crossing to see what would pop up. smile
Posted by: lanovami

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 04:34 PM

I thought it was going to end up with you FedExing something to ford the water with to yourself!

Great little adventure all the same.
Posted by: Pirate

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 07:32 PM

Yogi Bear and BooBoo needed a pickanick basket sent to them
Posted by: Celandine

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 07:42 PM


Yeah..
Sunny days, warm outcrops = Copperheads
lowland bogs and swamp = Water Moccasins

but most critters choose to go the other way
as long as they have a choice. It's taking
them by surprise or causing them to feel
threatened that's usually the danger.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 07:45 PM

Nice pictures and story! Pretty funny to see FedEx out in BFE
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/10/13 07:56 PM

Sorry, just like to get the facts straight when it comes to reptiles. smile

Water Moccasins aka Cottonmouth snakes are not reported to live that far north. Heck, they are barely in KY.

Not sure about copperheads. Some say they do, some say they don't.

And Eastern Diamondback rattlesnakes are not found up that way. But Timber rattlesnakes are reported up there.

Eastern Diamondback:


Timber:
Posted by: lanovami

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/11/13 12:23 AM

at Pirate - like. smile
Posted by: Pirate

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/11/13 07:23 AM

Chiggers and ticks don't care...they bit you anyway just for fun
Posted by: Biggerfoot

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/11/13 08:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Pirate
Chiggers and ticks don't care...they bit you anyway just for fun


Mosquitoes too!

They were pretty numerous at the campsite. I had an effective pump spray repellant and as long as I kept it fresh, I was fine. However, when I got home, I noticed I had small patch of about a dozen or so bites on my back where I could not reach so I will bring an aerosol spray next time. Do mosquitoes coils work? It was a nuisance to keep swatting them and I need something small to pack that would help.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/11/13 09:24 AM


water moccasins - New Jersey ?

copperheads - NJ ?

...and yes, "timber rattlers"...in NJ
Posted by: Celandine

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/11/13 10:11 AM


mozzies are a PItA...

...but Black Flies are a 100X worse!

skeeters haunt still or stagnant waters

whereas Black Flies ("Buffalo Gnats")
prefer fresh running water.

My 2 favorite camping spots were
A) The Delaware Water Gap and along
the Appalachian Trail. A Mix of fresh
running water & bogs.
B) Peekamoose Mountain Reservation.
along a large trout stream running
between 2 of 3 reservoirs in the area.

There are hundreds of mosquito repellents
on the market... but nothing that deters
a determined swarm of black flies!

EXCEPT! TA-DA! "SKIN-SO-SOFT" by Avon

worked so well, they finally introduced it
to the public as an OFFICIAL Bug Repellent

I haven't had occasion to try the new stuff,
sadly I no longer go camping or back packing frown

The original is nice because it's child friendly
even from infant on up. IT'S VERY EFFECTIVE...
...safer for the finish on your bike...
...and you'll Smell Nice Too...

Posted by: Celandine

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/11/13 10:21 AM


smile Good to know.. Thanx!

All my life people have been pointing
them out to me and mis-identifying them as
being dangerous and therefore a must-to-avoid.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/11/13 10:31 AM

The original Skin So Soft works for only about 10 minutes.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/11/13 11:53 AM


Does the new stuff work any better/longer?
Posted by: Jim_

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/11/13 05:20 PM

They came out with one that actually works a few years back, it uses Picaridin. It doesn't last quite as long as DEET, it isn't effective on all mosquitos, most common ones it is, but it is on the disease carrying ones.

Skin So Soft has 10% Picaridin for reference in the following link. They mention a 20% last 8-10 hours, I read where 10% is about 4-5.

http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife/1006.asp
Posted by: Biggerfoot

Re: FedEx Really Delivers in the Middle of Nowhere! - 08/11/13 06:12 PM

I used Repel Sportsmen Max. It is 40% DEET and it worked very well wherever I was able to spray, especially when I was working up a sweat hiking. I just could not reach part of my back and am paying for it now! I have Sting-Ease and that works too but I cannot reach the bites!

I have two cans of Deep Woods off at home and one can will be going into the bag next time.