Day 171 on the Appalachian Trail Miles Hiked to Date: 1857 Hiked yesterday: 7 Trail Miles, Miles left to hike: 327
First, thanks to Siren! She texted me some pics yesterday evening and I was really glad to see them. I'll share them in an upcoming blog.
Second, thanks to Jennifer P., for the link to a weight loss blog that she likes: http://www.escapefromobesity.net/ I'll check it out as I'm prepping for this new adventure. Also, please tell "Valdez": Six months on the road and NOT ONE COFFEE SPILL!
She got a beautiful clear day and she texted that she could see for miles. She also texted that although she originally intended to hike all the way down the 14 miles to the next roadway to meet us ... she'd like to stay on the peak a while and enjoy the views. She suggested that she could hike to the next hut, stay there and see us a day later than planned.
Initially, I bristled at the thought of it. But then, I honestly was glad to hear that she was enjoying her accomplishment; enjoying her hike. Papa Chip and I quickly agreed via text and she confirmed that she got the message.
It was a sunny afternoon and we truly enjoyed the cool breeze as we walked both the upper and lower levels of the trestle path. We were joined by a few 4 wheelers, which according to the locals, have flooded the area in the last year or so.
We returned to the truck camper and my phone picked up a slight signal and started dinging like crazy. Apparently, our buddy, Uke, was in town! He was at the local library and told us to come join him. We drove there and I was glad to have more distraction as we wait out Chipmunk's overnights on the mountain.
We found Uke at the public computer there and chatted for a few minutes before the library closed at 6 pm. After that, we took a few seats outside on the library porch and called Uke's mom, Doreen. Uke's phone bit the dust so we are phone sharing whenever we are together until he resolves the issue. While there, we received a SPOT message from Chipmunk confirming she had made it to her intended hut stay. Yay! Uke said he needed a good "town" fix and suggested a trip to Mr. Pizza in town. We stashed his backpack in the camper, all hopped in the cab and drove the short distance to Mr. Pizza.
Papa Chip and I ordered their well priced burger specials and Uke ordered a Taco Salad. We talked and laughed over food ... the universal good feel activity for hikers and hiker parents alike. When we finished, the waiter asked if we'd like dessert. We declined but I could see that Uke hadn't gotten "his fill".
Note to all the hikers with dogs, Mr. Pizza has an outdoor dining deck that WELCOMES dogs! Their prices were good and their food was great! Plus they offer specials, too. Thanks again, LouAnne!
After dinner, we drove to our camp spot for the night and the Mighty Uke decided to "stealth camp" right behind our camper. You know the saying, "Safety in Numbers." We said Good Night to him and climbed into the camper for the night.
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Thanks again for all your support,
Mama Chip, Papa Chip, Chipmunk and her dog, Chocolate Chip
(Tammy, Jay, Neva and Coco)