When I first cleared the trail and hiked it regularly, it took me 45 minutes. Had a guest who did it in 18 minutes, but I didn’t time him! Today is took me almost an hour and a half – that’s what happens when you get a little older and very lazy! Time to turn back one of those clocks and start walking/hiking/running – whatever it takes to get the legs in shape again.
But what a beautiful day! Warm, sunny, absolutely bright blue sky, not a breath of wind or bird song! Just my heavy breathing from climbing up the mountain. Even stopped a couple of times to rest on an old stump. But what views from the ridge! I could see all the way into North Carolina and Virginia – hard to see this view in summer when the trees are covered with leaves. Which is why I like hiking at this time of year when the weather cooperates.