When we started the trail, it was hot. Incredibly hot. And, um, rather rocky. I mean, we knew it would be rocky. But it was ROCKY.*
With the combo of the heat and the rocks, I found that maintaining a daily mileage to fit our very tight schedule was, in short, no fun. Not even with early starts and cool morning temperatures.
|So more of this was possible.|
|Hiking in this feels, well, stupid.|
Being able to go slow on hot summer days was incredibly rewarding. Important too, given that we traversed some very dry sections. I'd never had to carry 4+ liters of water before. It was a good experience. It was Type II Fun.
We can't thank our Pennsylvania and Maryland friends enough for their help and company this summer. It was a great adventure.
And as for the Allegheny Trail -- well, my trail name is "Someday."
|At the southern bifurcation location in Hancock, MD|
We're now looking forward to ten days in southern West Virginia together and we're hoping to get some Great Eastern Trail work done here in Mullens.