After a short hike on Wabash Trace yesterday I planned a longer gap-filling walk today, but alas it was not to be. Since it’s Mother’s Day my wife and I have to go treat my mother this evening, so my wife decided her day of pampering her addict kid had to start earlier than usual. OK, no problem. Instead of my usual Sunday exile to Starbucks I’d go fill another trail gap but that required leaving at the planned 11am for the kid’s pamper day.
Meanwhile after years and tens of thousand$ in repair our main roof still leaks. We’ve been trying to get a skylight expert over for weeks and guess what, he shows up just as I’m about to leave. So since pampered addict can’t have his day interrupted I have to stay at home to assist repair guy. After some fiddling he disappears promising to return with supplies and crew but I have to stay home and wait for that. The click is counting down on my hike but mom says she’ll be back with kid immediately. An hour later, no wife and addict kid, no repair guy and now it starts to rain. It’s a 50 minute drive to trailhead (plus obviously the same amount back) so now my time on trail will be less than 2 hours AND in the rain. Not ideal for the gap I planned to close.
So it’s Starbucks instead and I go a day without exercise but have to rush home once the addict is gone to then prepare Mother’s Day dinner. Of course I have to do all that, after all it is my mother. I wonder what addict kid has planned for his mother except hiding to play video games and searching for booze (I hope I locked everything up).
So all I got done was the same gap yesterday.
which is the short yellow segment (about 2-1/4 miles), show in full scale and more detail in the blue outlined inset. The green segment was what I hoped to do today which would have also pushed me up to having completed about 1/2 the total length of the trail. I’d still have two more gaps to fill in before completing the Council Bluffs to Malvern segment (Malvern is just below the 41 road number on this map where the short magenta segment is the northernmost part of my previous Imogene to Malvern hike.
So who knows when I’ll be able to complete this.
It irritates me, that for a small fraction of the money wasted on the ineffective repairs to the roof I can hire some jobless millenial to escort me for four days and stay in Shenendoah four nights and get this trail done end-to-end in four walks. Some enterprising person ought to set up a shuttle service business for exactly this purpose. But I can only dream of such things. A long multi-day walk will probably just remain a fantasy for me.