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Post office closures would make long hikes harder
Dependent on post offices, long-distance hikers fret that treks will get more pricey
By The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ' Hiking the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail already is grueling, and the U.S. Postal Service may make it even tougher. A plan to close rural post offices could shutter several outposts long used by hikers to receive food and gear as they walk the trail from Georgia to Maine.

Closing the post offices in Fontana Dam, N.C.; Glencliff, N.H.; and Caratunk, Maine, would leave hikers without an easy way to get food and switch out equipment at critical points during their treks, which usually take between four and six months. No final decisions on the closures have been made.

Mike Healy is a 26-year-old Chicago resident currently hiking the trail. He said that post offices are a lifeline.

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