We got into Front Royal, VA on the early side. We even checked into the hotel early enough to enjoy a second breakfast in town. The parents did laundry and resupply while the kids alternated between jumping in the pool and working on their school writing assignments. Cartwheel definitely has the most stylish laundry outfit. While the rest of us just wear our rain coats with a towel around our waist, Cartwheel pulls off a very elegant two buff outfit. Buffs are basically synthetic neck gaiters, so they only work as skirts and tube tops if your torso girth happens to be close to that of an adult’s neck.
Walking with Wired (check out her blog) has been like a brush with trail celebrity. She knows many of the big players in the long distance hiking community, particularly those on the trails in the last few years. It was great spending a town day with her. Although we were each mostly attending to our sundry town needs (including new shoes for Cartwheel and Mama Bear–long overdue!), Wired was able to help with a number of electronic and blog related issues, which was great for me. And a big thank you to both Wired and Guthook for helping me get set up with Guthook’s mapping app. We look forward to using that on this next section.
Mama Bear has suggested that I start proofreading my posts, what with the increase in readership. I’m not sure if I have the energy for that, so I hope some of the site admins back at home can make me look good by correcting Siri’s scrivener errors. I did take a few Town pictures this time (though not many interesting ones).