Tuesday, June 7, 2011

day off

With it looking like fairly easy terrain heading into Harper's Ferry, and not having had a break in the two weeks I've been back, I decided to take the day off today.  I stayed at the Grace Lutheran Church hostel last night and am back again for a second night tonight.  It really has felt like home, coming from a Lutheran family myself.  It's been nice to kick off my trail runners for a little and watch the NBA Finals and take multiple showers a day in what has been without a doubt the best shower on the trail so far.  A thru-hiker's main objective is to hike a whole bunch, so what does a hiker do on his day off?  Well for one, as little walking as possible.

Mtn Dew and I began our day off, walking the quarter-mile to the Laundrymat, which was about as far as I wanted to walk today.  I think thru-hikers are a pretty lazy bunch, I know I am at least, despite this whole walking to Maine thing.  Get me off the trail and I don't want to walk at all.  So, we finished with laundry and walked back to the Main Street with our thumbs out, looking for a hitch to the movie theater in town.  There's a 'Trail Angel Network', a list of numbers to call for rides to and from the trail in Waynesboro, but something told me a ride to the movies wasn't going to cut it.  So we spent a half hour trying to get a ride with no luck.  I had the brilliant idea to ask people coming out of Kroger how far it was to the theater, knowing it was further than I wanted to walk, but hoping someone would give us a ride.  I guess my chi was off because we helped a couple old ladies with their groceries and chatted with another couple of people, and no one offered a ride.  We walked back up to the Main St. for a last effort and sure enough, an incredibly generous elementary school art teacher stopped to pick us up.  We went to see Hangover 2, which was OK, and got a hitch almost immediately after the movie.  We had hitched in the middle of town to the movies and back - I now consider myself a hitching professional, a conqueror of any hitching situation, a real lazy, appreciative hiker on his day off.

After the movie, I sat in more air conditioning at the library again, and then went to eat at Ming Garden Chinese Buffet for a second time.  It was better than the first because my stomach was more experienced, and I knew to take my time.  Plus, the "hiker hunger" wasn't quite as strong as yesterday, so I didn't gorge myself with as many different types of chicken on a plate in 5 minutes within sitting down.  I stuck to one chicken this time - General Tso's, and I bypassed the iffy dumplings, the Hunan chicken, the Hunan beef (not very good Hunan, or maybe I was just disgusted because I misread it at first) and the pizza slices (yes the Chinese Buffet had pizza, too).  So the meal all went down a lot better and it didn't take hours and several bathroom visits to digest this time.

Since dinner, I've done nothing but lounge on a couch watching television and surfing the internet.  Tomorrow I'm back to hiking 20 miles in a day, over mountains, in supposed highs of 98 degrees, but for now doing nothing feels great.

5 comments:

  1. Hmmm, "doing nothing feels great"...I'll give a hearty "amen" to that as well as thanks for occasionally being in this space and having sense enough to appreciate it.

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  2. Check out the new Xmen if you get another movie chance! Great film, best superhero movie.

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  3. Thought you might like to see this:

    http://pastorjoywonders.blogspot.com/2011/06/doing-nothing-feels-great.html

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  4. So glad you're feeling better! No fun at all to be sick on the trail. I'm thinking the kindness of those Lutheran church ladies was maybe a bit overwhelming to your system!

    love you so much, mom

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  5. Thank you Joy! That was so nice!

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