Greasy Creek Friendly
Prada a SOBO hiker we met stated: To be classed a thru-hiker you must: Summit Springer Summit Katahdin Stay at Greasy Creek!
Greasy Creek Friendly (as opposed to hostel) is off the AT about .5 of a mile. There is no road or defined path to the hostel, you follow hand written signs or instructions. The hostel is famous in the trail community for a few reasons, unfortunately the main one is the crazy neighbor! We had heard stories of the neighbor way before we arrived at the hostel. We also saw signs of his work…..removing the name “Greasy Creek” from trail signs with a chisel, blocking the path to the hostel with tree limbs and writing notes saying it was closed due to a death in the family. The hostel is mainly situated in the owner, Connie’s, home. There are beds in the barn for overspill, however we tented. There is a computer available for internet access and Connie will cook a meal at times. We traveled in another hikers truck to the local town to eat. There are basic hiker supplies, soda and ice cream available. You need cash only for this hostel. Breakfast was cook to order.
We got to experience the crazy neighbor at 5am when he starts his daily anti-hiker ritual of revving his 4×4, banging metal objects and leaving his lawn mower engine running. All in an attempt to deter hikers, but it was of no real disturbance and more of entertainment.