Monday, May 29, 2006

Backpacking turn Hiking

I promised my wife before we go on our backpacking trip in the Allegheny National Forest, P.A. this memorial day weekend I would mow the lawn, fix the leaking dishwasher, and chop out the tree stomp in our back yard so that she could put the tomato plants in place of the stump. But before I tackled my promises I had to get my "selfish" 57 mile bike ride in with the Cleveland Triathlon Club on Saturday morning.

The bike ride was a challenging and hilly ride. After a great bike ride and getting home before 1:30 in the afternoon I had 2 hours to tackle the chores. My dilemma was that I was pressed for time to get as much done before we were to leave to go on a church picnic and meeting all before 3:30 pm. I began chopping at the stump in bright sun and 80+ degrees for about an hour at which point I had to take a break from dripping sweat and getting light headed. I then mowed the lawn. That was all I could do for that day.

On Sunday morning at 7:00 am I was up and working on fixing the dishwasher which took me about a half hour to fix. So far no leaks. Then I went back out to whacking the stump for another 2 hours and finally the stump was removed from my life.

We loaded all our backpacking gear in the car and drove to the trail head parking lot 3.5 hours away. The Morrison/Rimrock trail is a 12 mile loop. Our plan was to bring all the gear and backpacks but leave them in the car and hike only with hydrapacks and home made power bars (yum, yum), apples, and other dried fruit. If we made the hike in good time we would get the tent and backpacks out of the car, hike a little into the woods and set up camp.


While out on the trail we enjoyed a variety of flora smells and a beautiful hike along the Morrison Run stream. We had a good hike averaging about 2.5 miles per hour and made it back to the car about 7:40 pm. As we finished we considered do we drive 15 miles to a motel 8 and have a nice shower then head over to Perkins for a warm cooked meal or do we get our gear find a camp site and set up the tent, eat MRE's, and retire with a camp fire watching the stars. The motel won the call.

Monday morning we headed out to hike the 8 mile loop Minister Creek Trail. It was another beautiful day to hike in the woods.

We definitely have to go back to the Allegheny's for some more good hiking/backpacking.

14 comments:

Deb said...

How beautiful and what great time to spend with your wife! nice call n the motel. ;)

JeffM said...

That's a busy weekend! As we get older, motels beat tents most of the time. Sounds like a couple of really nice hikes.

Mojo said...

Sounds like a great way to spend the long weekend. Your picture was beautiful! I would have opted to a hot meal over MRE's too.

Sounds like you got a good back workout from stump chopping too!

qcmier said...

Wow, looks like a great trek.

DaisyDuc said...

My goodness, you were busy. It sounds exhausting just thinking about that tree stump.

Gorgeous picture, the hiking had to be amazing!

neese said...

now you can sleep for 3 days! WOW what a lot of activity!! beautiful photo.

Lora said...

What a wonderful way to spend quality time with your wife. Tho after reading all the work you did I wanted to jump into a hot bath with epsom salts!!

Jodi said...

I'd love to join you for your Sunday ride. I couldn't find your email address so hopefully you'll see this :)
Could you send me directions for how to get there?
Thanks!

Rachel said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog! Very busy day that you described. It's hard to pack it all in. Hope you weren't too exhausted. But a bike ride and a hike with your spouse? Priceless. And a solo bike ride is never completely "selfish". That "me" time makes you a better dad, husband, coworker, etc. than if you didn't go.

Deb said...

Hey Louie, In one of your prvious posts I remember reading about a modified fast you were doing.. Would you give me more info on that?

BuckeyeRunner said...

I love the ANF!! My husband and I have backpacked there, too - the last trip we did was around the Hickory Creek trail - we had a blast.

Papa Louie said...

I've hiked Hickory Creek and also enjoyed it.

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