0 miles, 1176.2 overall (Home)
A few quick hitters to tide you over until my trail entries resume. First, an update on my weight. I have now lost 20 pounds. After not losing much weight for the first few weeks it now seems I’m losing about 5 pounds every 2-3 weeks. I think it began when I upped my mileage from low teens to around 20’s. Since I don’t see that changing anytime soon hopefully my body simply adapts to the exercise or else I can count on losing another 20 or so by the end. Not that that’s impossible or anything, it would put me back at the weight I was when I started college. However my clothes at home already don’t fit, so either way I’ll need to do some shopping post-trail.
Second, while at home I have taken care of a few tasks. I put a new batch of permethrin on my clothes since they have already been washed 4-5 times since I applied the first coat in Waynesboro and it is only supposed to last for 6 washes. I also bought my third pair of shoes. I had planned on needing 4 pairs since I’m using trail runners so I’m right on schedule. My feet have now swollen to a full size larger than they were when I started. I’m still using Vasque Mindbenders because they have worked well for me. With this pair though I am trying Superfeet insoles. I hope they solve the intermittent blister issues I’ve been having since Hot Springs. The outfitter at home also repaired the broken tip on one of my trekking poles. I tried to get a haircut for the wedding but my barber is on vacation. Oh well. Can’t say I’m terribly disappointed. It is now incredibly likely that I won’t cut any of my hair until I reach Katahdin.
And now some stats. My trip so far has lasted for 81 days. I have hiked for 73 of those days and I have zeroed for 8 of them, so I’m taking a zero just about once every 10 days on average. Overall I am averaging 14.6 miles per day but if you exclude 0 days then I am averaging 16.2 miles per day I actually hike. As for my mileage distribution, I have hiked more than 20 miles on 22 days, between 15 and 20 miles on 19 days, 10 to 15 miles on 23 days, and less than 10 miles on 9 days (not including zero days). I’m pretty happy with these stats and I actually think I will slow down a bit soon. Pennsylvania doesn’t have a lot that I want to slow down for, but once I get through New York and into New England I plan to take my time and enjoy myself a bit more.
Finally, I’ve decided that my beard needs a name. Talking to Christy we have come up with some ideas to start off with, but I want to open it up to everyone to pitch in on. In a week or so I’ll pick the top 5 or so and we’ll see if I can set up a poll for the winner. So without further ado, here are the first few ideas:
Dr. Cornelius Chinswallow