We were really happy to hit the Wyoming County Line a couple of days ago, but I wanted to post this picture of Bart in Mingo County. When we get the trail through Mingo, it will be spectacular. For now, it is all roadwalk, but a big part of that roadwalk is simply beside a road and not on it. Expansive views of Kentucky and West Virginia mountains filled the soul, and the occasional car driving past us 20 feet to our left did little to take away from the experience. Wilderness trail it is not (for now), but it was nevertheless a beautiful experience. Thanks, King Coal Highway!
Also, to everyone in Mingo County: Thanks for not running us over. We appreciate it. We realize that 52 is not made for pedestrians. Trust us, we tried to find another way. So, thanks for your help.
Yesterday we were set to tackle a large portion of trail between R.D. Bailey WMA and Horse Creek Lake. Bart's mom made us biscuits & gravy to power us over the mountains, his dad drove us to the county line, and we were off! Thanks, you two, for all you've been doing for us!
It was the nicest day (weather-wise) we've had since . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tennessee somewhere, I'd say. I was so excited to revisit some of the trail I'd GPSed last year when I was a VISTA for this project. I'd only ever hiked this section in the rain, and I wanted to see it in sunshine. Tim was coming with us to help us not get lost and to tell us stories. In short, everything was perfect.
Until my foot quit working.
Suddenly, our 13-mile day over unmaintained trail became a complete impossibility for me, and we had just our daypacks, so we couldn't camp out. Bart's Jeep was 8 miles away at Horse Creek. When we got to Big Branch (AKA "Burning Car Gap") Tim suggested we try to hitchhike to Horse Creek. Hitching with 3 can be very difficult, and I was not surprised when no cars were pulling over for us. (Tim also tried to thumb from an ATVer, who just grinned at us. Yeah, right!)
All of a sudden, from the other direction, Paul and Ruby, our TuGuNu VP and Treasurer, pulled over! They just decided to come see if we were out and about, and their timing couldn't have been more perfect. What are the chances?! They gave us a lift back to the Jeep. Can't wait for them to join us on a
deathmarch hike soon!
We took today off to ice my foot. I went from hobbling to walking normally in just 24 hours. I think it's my boots doing it to me, and so I will wear my sandals for the next few days. Sandals in this section is not recommended, but I've done it before, so . . . onward.