May 18 – May 24
Miles Hiked: 89
- Weekly Average: 12.7
- Total: 764
- Overall Average: 10.9
- Zero Days: 0 / Total: 11
Money Spent: $273
- Town Food/Lodging: $188
- Hostel: $20
- Trail Food: $63
- Laundry: $2
Highlight of the Week
Jerry: Hiking over 115 miles in the last 7 days, after being laid up for a week recovering my shin splint.
Bennett: I absolutely loved staying at the Four Pines Hostel — it was basically a bunch of couches and cots and fridges in a three bay garage, but it was awesome! We played corn hole with the owner, and I met some really awesome other hikers like Aerie and Scout. There was tons of fresh fruit, fresh baked cookies, and the owner just let us take his van down the street to the convenience store. The fact the owner does it all just off donations, too, was so kind. Definitely a place any hiker should visit and one I’d return to.
Karen: Having dinner at the Flying Biscuit with Christopher, sitting outside in the gorgeous weather, and finally getting a chance to really talk to him since he’s been home.
Lowlight of the Week
Jerry: My left foot is not doing well and affects my hiking speed, especially downhill. The front ball of the foot has an ongoing pain, the toes are aching and tingling, and the bad blister spot on the back left side is flaring up again. It kept me from going as far as Tandem wanted to go on Saturday after the Hiker Feed.
Bennett: Not sure I have one. Was a little irked in Daleville when Buzz couldn’t make up his mind about what we should do and didn’t think my concerns about invading a coffee shop without paying for drinks was valid. Also was a little annoyed when the chicken salad I was craving and bought from Kroger was more like weird soup…
Karen: Carson leaving the day after graduation to work at Camp Highland until July.
Memory of the Week
Jerry: After being left in Damascus after Trail Days by our planned ride, we were able to hitch from there to Craig Creek Road in just a few hours. The rides were from the ALDHA secretary in the back of his seat-less van, from a car-washing mother, who left the kids to fit us in the car, and from Jack, who drove us up Craig Creek, past his house, though he hadn’t planned to initially.
Bennett: Best memory by far is all the amazing views this week. Hitting Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs were beautiful. Having stalked McAfee Knob on Pinterest in the past, it was neat to get a picture of my own out on the edge. Would definitely bring a few friends back out to this section in the future!
Karen: My week was spent in a conference room with a consultant learning to use our new software and attempting to create a master schedule. The days were long and ran together and there were some major glitches, but ultimately we consider it a successful week.