June 29 – July 5
Miles Hiked: 110
- Weekly Average: 15.7 miles/day
- Total: 1501
- Overall Average: 13.4
- Zero Days: 1 / Total: 13
Money Spent: $414
- Town Food/Lodging: $63
- Trail Food: $113
- Laundry: $4
- Gear: $234
Highlight of the Week
Jerry: When Tandem’s blogging buddy Jukebox caught up with us in Pauling, NY, which made her happy.
Bennett: Having a past hiker friend, Jukebox, catch up to us. He hiked many miles very quickly to do so, and I’ve enjoyed his humor and awesome music/NPR podcasts while hiking.
Karen: Getting the written confirmation that our health insurance has been reinstated retroactive to the start of the hike.
Lowlight of the Week
Jerry: Having the boisterous guy intrude on and disturb our Fifth of July fireworks viewing experience on the top of Bear Mountain.
Bennett: USA losing soccer. Boo.
Karen: Having Carson home for the Fourth of July weekend yet seeing her for about a total of 12 minutes.
Memory of the Week
Jerry: Being in the cute and hiker-friendly town of Pauling for the viewing of the USA vs Germany World Cup soccer match, even though USA lost. While there, I was also able to get the hole in the seat of my pants sewn shut by Marie of the Yarn & Craft Box. Thank you, Marie!
Bennett: Spending the day in Kent, CT, to dry out after a huge storm. We had delicious coffee, an awesome lunch with our extended family, and then had the most wonderful luck ever. Pat saw us just before we were going to leave town out into another storm. He invited us back to his home in the mountains, let us shower and watch tv, and told us so many great stories of his experiences hiking in Alaska and working on a crab boat. He was so welcoming and wonderful to us. I was thankful for the roof over our head during the rain and for meeting such a cool person.
Karen: When talking with Bennett this week she said that they will finish earlier than I had anticipated. I had calculated that they’d finish at Labor Day and planned to spend the week in Maine to be there at the end. (Not actually hike anywhere, mind you, just be there.) She pointed out that I had been using their overall average pace, which included the days at home and the lower-mile days of their start. When I calculated using their pace over the last seven weeks (closer to 17 than 13 mpd), it appears they’ll finish around August 15.