October 4, 2014: Appalachian Trail to “Hey” Rock from U.S. 220 and back. 5.6 miles.
You know your hiking month is pretty lame when this default shortie is your second longest. Someone has used brownish spray paint to mitigate the blue and green prom-invite graffiti up there.
October 12, 2014: Home to Downtown Roanoke and back. 6 miles
And you really know it when your longest is walking downtown, albeit under threatening skies, for a really nice brunch at Billy’s.
October 18, 2014: Read Mountain Loop. 5 miles.
This was the first time we’ve done the loop of all three trails: Buzzards Rock, Rocky Way and CCC up, and then Buzzards Rock all the way down.
October 26: Star, Woodthrush, Ridgeline, Star trails loop on Mill Mountain. 5 miles
This easy walk, with a nice lunch atop Mill Mountain, at least got us to 20 miles for the month. Pretty sorry for people who used to average more like 10 miles a week than this slacker 5 we did. C’mon, Day Hiker, let’s pick it up.