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On Saturday: Go the distances

From: Mike
Sent on: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:53 AM



First, there is a lot going on this upcoming weekend and beyond, so you will get more than my usual number of electronic missives this week, and even more of my usual nonsense. Here’s how to prepare: Find the delete button. (It’s usually on the right side of the keyboard.) Select one of your fingers (any will do). Now, push the button with said finger. (Who said finger?) Keep practicing.


In the meantime, here’s what we’re doing this Saturday (Apr 6): We’re going out for a very long walk that is part of a 460,000-step training program for the One Day Hike (ODH) on April 27. The thing is, anyone can come along. The weather should be fabulous and the trail takes you through some beautiful horse countryside…and back (to reality). Our hike will be on the western portion of the 45-mile W&OD Trail, which was once the proud Washington & Old Dominion Railroad that ran from Alexandria to Bluemont at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


The baseline (relatively) short hike is 19 (3.8 blisters or difficult) miles with a turnaround point just west of Leesburg, but anything up to that distance is fine; you could even stay home. The baseline long hike is 34 miles (6.8 blisters or very difficult) with a turnaround point in Purcellville (end of the W&OD Trail), but anything up to that is fine. You may walk on the paved trail or on the adjacent, unpaved bridle path for some bridled pleasure.


We’ll meet at 8 am in the W&OD parking lot near (south of) Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque, 20702 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA. Bring food and drink; you may also buy food on the way. You’ll proceed at your own pace and you may stop (or not) anytime to eat.


Keep practicing deleting. Soon you’ll be able to delete before you get to the end of the message.




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