Rolling Hills

Howdy Folks. This is another interlude post because i would rather write a little bit about some current affairs than finish the tech series at this moment. I do promise that the tech series shall be completed and that some posts about drinking and sobriety will follow. For now, suffice it to say that i hit 5 months sober on June 27 and i feel good.

I continue to be very excited about doing a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-hike next year. It stays on my mind. To that end, i am still reading guide books, slowly acquiring and testing new gear, and working on conditioning.

New walkin' hat and shirt
New walkin’ hat and shirt

Prior to deciding to prepare for this hike, I tended to walk at least 3-4 miles a day without leaving my neighborhood. I have been casting about for longer and more interesting walks that do not require driving.

I found a few nice 3-5 mile treks and a pretty 8-9 mile course, but i still craved more distance.

After a little experimentation, i found a very nice 13 mile walk through farmland situated among the rolling hills for which Lancaster County is known.

Many of my “most recent” posts and series have been a little light on the pics, so this post will take the opposite approach. Without further ado some of the sights along the way…

Route Map
Route Map
Cow Pals 1
Cow Pals 1
Cow Pals 2
Cow Pals 2

And a little video of my cow buddies. I have also started feeding them, but have not figured out how to manage feeding and filming them at the same time…

Iron Bridge 1
Iron Bridge 1
Iron Bridge 2
Iron Bridge 2
Iron Bridge 3
Iron Bridge 3

I urge you to click on Iron Bridge 3 to see a larger version and check out the placid water and mirror effect upstream from the small rapids.

Iron Bridge 4
Iron Bridge 4
Second Bridge
Second Bridge
"Prayer Grove Everyone Welcome"
“Prayer Grove Everyone Welcome”

A nice place to stop for a few minutes about 4.5 miles in to the trek.

Hills and Sky 1
Hills and Sky 1
Hills and Sky 2
Hills and Sky 2
Hills and Sky 3
Hills and Sky 3

The big walk takes me about 4 hours and 15 minutes with one short rest break, which means that i am often chasing the sun towards the end and do not have enough light for pics during the last 4 miles, but i will work on that. Walk on buddies!

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