Tuesday, February 7, 2012

6 Miles and 25 Pounds Along the Tow Path

After yesterday's successful campus "hike" with Josie, I was delighted to get a phone call from my colleague and hiking buddy, Molly, asking if I wanted to take an easy hike along the Delaware River Tow path with her and our retired teacher friend, Reed.  I jumped at the chance to hike with two of my favorite people and also to test my recovering body with a bit of a workout.

Today I loaded the pack with more mass, bringing it weight to 25 lbs.  Generally I felt good, but did experience some transient pain in my left knee and along the outside of my right foot.  Despite some tenderness where the pack's belt rested upon my hips, I experienced no pain in the abdominal region.  However,   I could tell that due to my reduced exercise regimen as of late, my feet had lost some of their toughness and hot spots were developing.  The average walking speed over the 6.1-mile journey was recorded at 3.6 mph.

I'm afraid that during the first three miles of the hike I was so focused on listening to my body that I wasn't very good company.  But after a short rest and snack break at the picnic tables in front of the Colonial Farms Gourmet Food Store in Washington's Crossing, I realized my body was fine and concentrated more on the conversation.

On the way to the market we met Roadrunner, an AT section-hiker who lacked only the portion of the Trail between Springer Mountain and Damascus before completing his end-to-end hike. He'll be on that section thus June, but I should be far north of him by then. If I'm not, I'll be in big trouble and certainly won't complete the hike before school begins in September.

I think the kids would enjoy this easy hike, especially if we bought cupcakes at the food store, which were voted the best in the Philly area in 2011. Josie is big into cupcakes these days!

View Tow Path With Reed And Molly 2/7/12 2:19 PM in a larger map.

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