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IHWDATJRH-HWHOTTBTJR­­SEIWD Order - Journey #3


On July 10, 2013 these first five James River Hikers were Knighted into the: 

"I hiked with Dennis and the James River Hikers - Hiking With History on the trails by the James River so early it was dark" Order.

Or as is more formally presented:

The Most Noble Order of the IHWDATJRH-HWHOTTBTJRSEIWD.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Then on August 15, during journey #2, these additional James River Hikers were Knighted. 

Journey #3 is your opportunity to become part of this elite group and have your picture memorialized in this Hall of Glory.

We will hike east from Riverview Cemetery to Belle Island, cross to the James River's south side, head west on the Buttermilk Trail (or the river side trail if the group prefers) , cross the river again at the Boulevard (Nickel) Bridge, make a loop by the water plant and return east to Riverview Cemetery along a riverside path I promise you will find stunningly beautiful.

Don't make the mistake of entering Mt. Calvary Cemetery on your right as you enter the cemeteries or the mistake of parking at the Riverview Cemetery entrance.

Take the first road after the flag pole on your right after entering the cemetery.  Then drive all the way on the winding roads to the south eastern most corner of cemetery where you will find ample parking on the grass.

You will literally be able to see the river from where your car is parked.

The July 10 hike of 8.3 miles was completed in 3 hrs. 30 min.

Arrive early as we plan to begin promptly at 5:45 am.

Wear long pants as foliage and poison ivy have encroached across some parts of the trail.

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  • Dennis B.

    Eleven hardy souls departed their normal sensibilities and plunged themselves into the darkness on the twisted riverside trails trusting that their leader would not march them into oblivion. All survived and emerged victorious. Three were veterans of this odyssey, and the remaining eight were rewarded with Knighthood into The Most Noble Order of the IHWDATJRH-HWHOTTBTJRSEIWD.

    The weather could not have been kinder as we traversed 8.6 miles in 3 hours 51 minutes completing our journey at 9:37 am.

    3 · September 25, 2013

    • Marie S.

      Love your first paragraph ... you sound like Rod Serling doing an introduction to The Twight Zone.

      1 · September 25, 2013

  • Deborah

    Dennis, thank you so much for a wonderful hike. This was by far my favorite. I very much enjoyed seeing everyone - thanks Linda for the "kickin" cookies. I'm looking forward to the next one in October - let us know soon so I can ask off. Taking a vacation day just to hike at the crack of dawn through a cemetery - gosh some would say I was daff. lol

    September 25, 2013

  • Jeff

    What a great hike, thank you Dennis for the leading this, and to everyone else for the wonderful company!

    2 · September 25, 2013

  • Ann W

    Nothing like traipsing through the woods at the break of day! Thanks to all for terrific company. Thanks Linda for the yummy cookie :)

    3 · September 25, 2013

  • Marie S.

    Hiking in the dark. This was a first for me. So glad I went on this one!

    4 · September 25, 2013

  • Linda B

    Thanks Dennis and all for a fantastic morning hike! Do it again next month?

    3 · September 25, 2013

  • Alye

    So wonderful to spend my morning with everyone. It was a real pleasure and I'm so happy I got out of bed for this

    2 · September 25, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    I know it very early for everyone and you'll be scrambling to get yourself ready and to the starting point on time, but nevertheless it is imperative you have a hardy breakfast (oatmeal works for me) and come hydrated. Bring a snack (I'll bring an apple and a crunchy bar) and water. We'll come across our first port-a-potty at mile 1.5, others on Belle Isle and a final one at the half way point.

    If you are not going to be there change your RSVP to NO. I'll take attendance at the start. With a group of 16 I'll need one volunteer to be the final hiker to sweep the rear. We'll maintain a pace and take breaks to do whatever is necessary to avoid the group stringing out to far back.

    Questions? Call or text me at[masked]-4943.

    This is going to be fun, and you are going to love it!

    Dennis

    1 · September 23, 2013

    • Alye

      Yes always to cookies (anything with chocolate really) for me, thank you Linda. Dennis, I would have no problem being the sweep.

      September 23, 2013

    • Mary P

      Linda, I think I love you.

      1 · September 24, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    Here's final information before our early morning hike Wednesday morning Sept. 28.

    It's going to be dark, so be prepared to find the starting point and to hike in the dark for the first 1/2 hour +.

    Remember the location:

    "Don't make the mistake of entering Mt. Calvary Cemetery on your right as you enter the cemeteries or the mistake of parking at the Riverview Cemetery entrance.

    Take the first road after the flag pole on your right after entering the cemetery. Then drive all the way on the winding roads to the south eastern most corner of cemetery where you will find ample parking on the grass.

    You will literally be able to see the river from where your car is parked."

    1 · September 23, 2013

    • Mary P

      Deb, there will be chocolate cookies...you'll find it!

      2 · September 24, 2013

    • Deborah

      Thanks Mary P! I forgot about that. Thank goodness for chocolate - I'm OK now!

      1 · September 24, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    Corrections.
    1. The hike is Wednesday Sept. 25, not Sept 28.
    and
    2. 14 have RSVP'd yes , not 16.
    Dennis

    September 23, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    Arrive early as we really do plan to begin hiking at 5:45 am. If you arrive at 5:50 don't be surprised if we are gone.

    A small flashlight, while not required, may be helpful. I recommend long pants as parts of the trail will have poison ivy encroaching. Obviously wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothes. I recommend layers you can shed as we get down the trail and the temperature rises.

    September 23, 2013

  • Deborah

    Do you think everyone will show? Maybe we need 3 alarm clocks like one of our hikers - or the rooster that you can't find the snooze button on. HeeHee - that commercial tickles me.

    September 23, 2013

  • Deborah

    Wow, 14 folks Dennis!

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Mary P

    'Knighted', 'Most Noble Order', 'elite group', 'Hall of glory', Templar, Round Table - this sounds like a secret society. I wonder if the NSA is watching us.

    2 · August 24, 2013

    • Jeff

      They are always watching.....

      2 · September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry everyone, I love this hike but I will have to take a pass on this one. Girlfriend is giving early labor, due to come condition doctors found. Wish you guys a great hike..

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Scott R.

      Congratulations Ignacio!

      September 19, 2013

  • Alye

    Super excited for this hike! Can hardly wait

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Deborah

      Dennis, can we go eat breakfast somewhere really great so Mary will be jealous and want to come next time? I'd like her to join this elite club, you know how much fun she is! (listen to me, I haven't even finished the hike and I'm talkin' like I'm part of the club... lol)

      1 · September 10, 2013

    • Mary P

      Will there be chocolate?

      1 · September 10, 2013

  • Rick

    For those of us who've been wondering what the markers are for in the James River park system, here's a link to a Times Dispatch article. It appears that they are location markers in case you need medical assistance.
    http://www.timesdispatch.com/sports/outdoors/new-markers-will-add-to-trail-safety/article_10322283-8989-5b47-84c6-39366ebc2490.html

    2 · August 28, 2013

    • Deborah

      Thanks Rick - the mystery is solved!

      August 28, 2013

11 went

  • Dennis B.
    Founder, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Alye
    "MG" - Dame, Hiked at Dawn 4 Times - Alye
  • Jeff R.
    Knight Jeff - Hiked @ Dawn #7
  • Jeff
    Hiked @ Dawn x 4 & Built Chapel Island Trails Jeff
  • Elizabeth M
    Hiked at Dawn #14 Yoga Hikes Liz
  • Deborah
    Injured Ballroom Dancing, 2.5 Knightess, Dragon Slayer - Deb
  • Jean S.
    Hiked at Dawn # 11 Jean
  • Ann W
    Hiked at Dawn #9 - Ann
  • nfp
    Hiked at Dawn #16 & recorded apple core throwing Nancy
  • Marie S.
    Hiked at Dawn #15 Marie
  • Linda B
    Knightess Linda - Hiked three times at dawn

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