During the hike, Bryson realizes just how little the modern American actually walks, and he's about to get a first-hand lesson in this in Waynesboro.
In need of insect repellant, Bryson decides to walk to Kmart. He quickly realizes that it's a lot more dangerous to walk through an intersection than a forest and returns empty-handed.
Katz, on the other hand, is making moves. He gleefully informs Bryson upon his return that he met a lovely lady named Beulah and has a date with her that night at (where else?) Papa John's.
So you can understand Bryson's surprise when Katz abruptly bursts into the restaurant as he eats dinner that night. Beulah apparently has a husband and the dude is none too happy about Katz' proposed rendezvous with his lady.
Katz makes Bryson check to see if "the street was clear" before returning to the hotel (1.11.75). He barricades his door that night, refusing to open it even for Bryson.
They take a cab to Shenandoah National Park the next morning. They're now near the end of their allotted six-and-a-half week trek, so this will be their final hike for now.
This area quickly becomes Bryson's "favorite part of the Appalachian Trail" (1.11.101). He's particularly happy to catch sight of a few deer over the next several days.
One night, Bryson is awoken with a start by the sound of a large animal lumbering nearby. Oh no—is it a bear? Katz seems utterly unconcerned and quickly falls back asleep.
Bryson isn't so lucky. He stays awake nervously until the animal (which is eventually joined by others) leaves the area.