It was very cold. So cold that the friends I made at the previous hike didn’t go.
I kinda don’t blame them, in retrospect.
Still, there was a pretty good handful of people there, and I managed to get 19.12 miles under my belt.
- Either the new socks I got worked great, or the dirt/gravel surface was kinder. Possibly both!
- Make sure, when it is cold, to keep one’s chin covered. I got frost nip or wind burn on my chin and a lot of peeling a couple of days later.
- I was in this odd nowhere zone of being too slow compared to one group, and too fast compared to another, so I spent a majority of my hike on my own, which was a little bit lonely. I am glad I packed my headset though, and listened to a good chunk of audiobook. At the end of the time my headset was on low, so if I need to use it on the ODH, I’ll have to keep that in mind.
- I drank almost all of my water, even though it was cold.
- There’s always pretty things to see on the C&O. It’s much harder to stop and take pictures when you’re trying to get miles, though.
I hope the snow that we had all melts by next Saturday!