Then we spotted a car and I got to add 4 new mile markers and climb over Clark's Gap. I could have gone further, but I wanted to share some of the more interesting ground I've already covered that J had last covered by bicycle several years ago. So after spotting a car, we went back to the start and walked 4.5 miles together. J of course has a faster pace, but he was nice enough to drop to mine and nice enough to say it wasn't a stroll, that he had been sitting too much and it was good exercise for him as well. So now I've been over the ground from mile 43 to mile 37.5, some of it several times. Can't wait to push on down to Leesburg...it would only be a few miles further. I'm already trying to figure where to spot my car for the walk down the other side of the gap.
The conversation consisted of such exciting remarks as: look, two kinds of ferns!; isn't that house ugly?; gee, who would live THERE, there aren't any trees!; there are too many bikes today; I like this curvy part; there's a house for sale, let's sell ours and buy it; no that one is nicer, let's buy that one; look at that stuff they killed, do you think it's kudzu?; dunno, could be it got a foothold and they're destroying it; I like the tree canopy; what kind of vine is on those trees that's still green in November?; look at the moss on the side of the trail; I wonder if I can juggle?; do you think I can make it to the car?; and all the other exciting remarks that two people make who have known each other for donkey's years...and I do mean a very, very long time.
Note to self: put the water and food in the car at the END, not the car back at the beginning.
All in all, sort of a lazy, sunny, late fall day. Only I get to feel virtuous with all that walking. J and E have gone off to bowl and left me home to make more squash pie. Good thing about that virtue. I'm going to need to trade it in for a couple of pieces of pie, reduced calorie, but still pie.