Most of week 24 in my personal walking goal of hiking 2,019 miles before July 31, 2019, was spent in West Virginia. Rocky and I went to Morgantown to visit her mother. The Mountain State is a wonderful place to visit and a beautiful place to walk. I discovered some new routes during this trip and revisited some old paths around the neighborhood. The weather went from clear skies to snow flurries to big flakes leaving a nice covering on the roads.
I had a great week accumulating 57.33 miles making my total mileage at 1091.9. (That’s 1,757.24 Kilometers – (I like to translate the distance every so often because it sounds like it is ever further than it is.) Anyway, I should break the 1100 mile barrier next week.
While in West Virginia, I started to make two smaller hikes instead of one long journey. I would take a morning hike four or five miles, then take a rest – a lunch break and a visit with the family, then I would follow another route of four or five miles in the late afternoon. I found that the rest made the second hike so much more enjoyable.
Several of my hikes this week took me to a lovely bike path along the Monongahela River. One morning I hiked with flurries in the air – the afternoon hike found the path covered in some beautiful West Virginia snow. The next day there was enough white stuff to for WVU Mountaineer fans to build a snowman, although it did not help the team as they lost to Oklahoma State at home. I took a walk downtown and walked past the old WVU campus. The walk down off the hills into the town provided a nice view of the river and one of the bridges connecting Morgantown with the suburb of Westover.
Rocky and I travel home on Monday, but my short hike after arriving home (4.21 miles) allowed me to stretch my driving legs and breath some fresh winter air. While strolling my neighborhood, I reflected on my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2014. Since I am ahead of pace for my 2019 hiking goal, I thought about reaching out for AT mileage (2,190). It certainly won’t match the incredible terrain of the thru-hike, but it could be a cool way of remembering my five-year anniversary. I think I best concentrate on the 2,019 goal first and then see how much gas there is in the tank after that.