Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:46 pm
Location: US 340 / Harpers Ferry (1022.2 miles)

On Saturday, I got to sleep in a bit before my mom, my uncle Jack, and his fiancée Kathy, arrived at my hotel in Harpers Ferry shortly before 10. My mom brought a few things from REI: new boots (the ones I started the hike with were starting to be in pretty poor shape), socks, and rubber trekking pole covers to use in rocky areas. She also brought a bag of Jolly Ranchers and a bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies (yum!). My uncle brought a box of 24 Clif bars, which was quite a bit more than I needed. (That many would probably last easily 120 miles, if not more; it'd be easily two resupplies worth of bars. When I do the rest of my food resupply in town, I'll probably wind up getting fewer Snickers bars and eating extra Clif bars in place of Snickers, to keep the weight down.)

The four of us walked down to the lower town, briefly stopping by the ATC on the way there, and did a bit of touristy sightseeing while we were waiting for my friend Matt to arrive. At one point, my Mom asked if I had heard from him as to when he'd arrive, and as if on cue, he drove past, waving at us.

The five of us went to the Coach House restaurant for lunch, and then returned to my hotel room to hang out and chat for awhile in the presence of air conditioning, before my family had to go.

Longstride in Harpers Ferry
Longstride in Harpers Ferry

Matt did me a huge favor by stopping by my house on the way to Harpers Ferry (somewhat out of the way for him) and grabbing some supplies, including my laptop so I could back up my phone and take care of a few things that I couldn't really do from my phone.

Matt and I ate dinner at Bisou Bistro, and returned to my hotel, where, before he left, we played a few rounds of a card game he brought, "Epic Spell Wars of The Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre", which is just as awesome as its name implies.

All in all, a fun day with no hiking involved.