Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hoppy Trails

Wednesday, September 12, 2012:

This was a true rest day.  I was awake for less than eight hours today.  Here's my (abbreviated) personal journal account:


I got up as the sun got up – surprisingly late compared to the sunrise times in Maine. It was after 7AM when I headed back into my MD condo to take a shower. Then back out to the parking lot I spent some time organizing stuff.  Then I pumped the tire, which had dwindled down to 9 pounds of pressure overnight, and headed out to do the long-deferred repair work.

First I got the oil changed at Jiffy Lube, and they swapped out the leaky tire for the spare. Then I stopped at Bay Area Goodyear and dropped off the leaky tire for repair. Next I picked up more than two months worth of mail at the post office and then headed down (through more snarled traffic) to deposit a check at my Credit Union on the east side of Columbia, MD.

When I got back, my leaky tire had been repaired. I waited at the shop until they could put it back on and put the spare back in its place, then did a little shopping and headed back to my condo. There I had some lunch and a couple of beers including the aptly named ‘Hoppy Trails’ IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg – a fitting beer to celebrate with.

By early afternoon the beer and food had sapped my energy, and it was time for a nap. I hit the sack around 2:30PM, and that turned out to be the end of this day. I obviously needed more rest than I thought after the Katahdin climb and the 20 hour drive home.

But it was a good day from start to finish.  I got laundry washed, cleaned off three months of grime from my body, and achieved a full measure of much-needed rest.


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