Melissa has latched on to hiking part of the AT next spring and I was all for seeing her off on her crazy early-March plan. Hiking is one thing, camping quite another. Now she's move the date to later in April and well...I'm thinking about it.
I ordered a custom made quilt from Enlightened Equipment that should arrive in late February (done screwing around with cold sleeping issues). I upped my rehab (foot has been really painful of late) and bought Essential Wipes (https://www.essentialwipes.com/). So basically, I am trail ready. hahaha!
I have been walking the 11 miles Richard Martin once a week, or more. Last week I walked it twice.
Yesterday we knocked out 8.5 miles on a 15 mile trail over at Tim's Ford. Melissa had to be home by 4 or we could have done the whole thing time-wise. Not sure energy-wise. Climbs are just harder than flat trail. Karen and I carried 15 pound packs, Melissa planned to and her water bottle leaked and soaked it through. So we kept our spirits up by making fun of her slacker ways. I have been doing the treadmill and the local track some. What I need is our trail to be opened back up! We let the pasture grow over because we were told it would be bushhogged 'in 6 weeks' from that date and here it is...18 weeks later and nothing. Grrr. So that's going to be a full day of solid work to cut the path through those briars again. So far, I have found other places to go just so I can put off the hand shredding.
Tims Ford is on a lake, it's a state park (TN) and it has a long trail that I have never heard of and last year, the rangers built a campsite on it. So we went to check it out. We did not make it to the campsite, despite being a fairly easy trail, the up and down terrain was more taxing than we'd anticipated (especially with a pack on!) and the rocks made us have to watch every step, no one had poles because no one thought ahead...anyway, we got about 4 miles back and had to turn around. The trail is a lollipop trail, one long path in and out with a long loop at the end. We got to just before the loop.
We got back to here, where we started and Melissa and I opted to hike on to the VC and Karen was going to drive around.
That worked out really well because there were 2 swinging bridges on that 1.3 mile stretch and Karen does not like those! Melissa and I do. :)