During the '30+ Days in the Olympic National Park' trail series. I relied heavily on hitch hiking and the bus system for my resupply. Deciding after week 1 to only carry the maximum of 8 days worth of food at a time.
This would mean I would have to come out to Lake Quinault, Forks, Brinnon or Port Angeles. There is no shuttle system in place to get me from any of these towns to the trailheads. Meaning I would walk the road until a nice person picked me up.
A 20+ mile service road walk would be necessary if it weren't for kind people. Nobody wants to walk a road after they have been on the trail all day. Especially for someone in minimal shoes. Man made crushed rock roads aren't the kindest to tender feet.
Once out on the the main highway system that circles the Olympic Peninsula I catch various buses heading north or south. This came in handy when I was trying to 'leap frog' or go to bigger stores for more food variety. I also sometimes chose towns with a public library for communication purposes; since I do not own a cellphone.
The public library system is a very valuable resource for someone drifting in the mountains. The ability to check weather reports, look at tides, and talk to family are all pluses for a successful trip.
|Unloading my bike in Amanda Park while Bus - Bikepacking|