Week 15 of my personal challenge – 2019 miles in 2019 – was an average week in miles. I need to walk 38.83 miles each week to obtain my goal in one calendar year. I started my challenge on August 1, 2018, and have a deadline of July 31, 2019. This week I managed to walk 39.74 miles.
I started the week in West Virginia, then spent a day on the road traveling to see my sister in North Carolina and another day driving back home to Ohio. But I managed to have several nice walks while visiting family and two long hikes when I returned to Springboro.
The stay in West Virginia was very relaxing as Rocky and I went to visit her 92-year-old mother, Dee. She was not up to much hiking, but I was able to get away for several hours one day and logged in 9.6 miles through an arboretum and along a bike path. I saw an amazing tree on the campus of West Virginia University as I made my way to the arboretum. It looked like it had been painted, but when I got closer I discovered that it was croqueted or macraméd with some sort of stiff jute. The walk through the arboretum itself was filled with fallen leaves and wooded paths. The path leads directly over the hill and connects with the bike path. I turned toward town and walked along the river. I saw a picturesque riverboat making its way down the Monongahela River and several interesting shops as the path leads to the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park. I was attracted to an interesting class tree that celebrates the diversity of humanity.
Rocky and I drove to Winston-Salem, NC to see my favorite sister (I only have one, but she is amazing!), Diane. She and I have been collaborating on a series of children’s books during the last two years. Click below to check them out, including the most recent Christmas book, Toothpick. We had a great visit talking about books and family trees over several cups of tea and some tasty nut bread. We got in a lovely walk around the neighborhood as we enjoyed some sunny but cool North Carolina autumn.
The drive back to Ohio was interrupted by a spontaneous hike. Rocky and I were driving up the highway out of NC when we saw the fantastic rock outcroppings of Pilot Mountain. It was still early in the day, so we decided to see the summit. And I am so glad that we did. We only hiked about two miles, but the views were spectacular. The day was clear and the panoramic optics were amazing with the horizons stretching for miles.
Arriving back in Ohio, I knew I was rather short of my needed miles for the week. Doing a little math and some projecting of the weather forecast for Monday and Tuesday, I was encouraged that I might be able to make my quota. It would take two 12-mile days, but the weather looked clear of rain. The temperature was rather chilly, but the rain held off and my legs did not let me down. Monday yielded 12.5 miles and Tuesday’s sore legs pulled off 12.16 miles ending my week with a total of 39.74 miles. I have logged in a total of 647 miles since August 1, and I am 65 miles ahead of the minimal pace.
Wednesday looks like no rain and temperatures in the high 30’s, so I hope to get another good walk in to start week 16.