Neither Mileage nor the Rothmans (Rock and Roots) have updated their online journals this week. I am disappointed that I have no report on their progress this week. But on a more humorous note……
Last April I was driving through Virginia and noticed a Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker walking along the side of the road. He seemed like a nice guy so I stopped and offered him a ride into town. He gladly accepted and put his pack in the back seat. I introduced myself and found out that his trail name was Eagle Scout. After a few miles, he asked me if I was afraid that he might have Covid. I told him, “Now Eagle Scout, the odds of two people with Covid being in the same car are extremely unlikely.”
There was a recent report from the Appalachian Trail that a professional painter from Pennsylvania attempted a Thru-hike of the trail. He started his hike in January but died of hypothermiaafter only five days. The medics who found him said that he needed a second coat.
Last year I had the opportunity to interview Yo-Yo Man, one of the few hikers to trek back to back thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail in one year. I asked him to share one of his secrets to his successful journey. He surprised me when he shared, “I always take 40 or 50 lighters with me in my backpack.” I asked him why he needed so many. Yo-Yo Man responded “It’s not because I needed them, but I was told that you can always use a lighter bag when hiking. And I made sure that I did not carry an odd number so that way it was even lighter.
Sorry for the bad dad jokes, but it is better than a blank post (but not much better).