First Quarter Moon
Today is Pi Day, 3.14.16, but it also is the day I walked through the Paw Paw Tunnel, a major landmark of the C&O Canal Towpath.
The Paw Paw Tunnel is 3,180 feet long, very wet, and very dark inside. The 4′ wide cement walkway is uneven in every direction. It’s like skating through one gentle pothole after another. This plus the darkness makes you kind of slop back and forth toward the brick wall on one side and the wooden handrail on the other. It’s like being at sea, only underground. I loved it.
All the rest of the day, both before and after the Paw Paw Tunnel, was on the dismal/abysmal side. I ended up walking 20.5 miles through very remarkably boggy, soggy, froggy, and loggy terrain in cold, dreary weather and eating most of a giant stromboli in Paw Paw WV.
Paw Paw. When one Paw is just not enough.
One cool thing is I went over the 300 mile mark for the trip. And another is I only have about 11 more miles left on the C&O. I will soon start my clumsy traverse of West Virginia, one hogback ridge after another. No more flat, easy canal walking. I’m heading for Mountaineer country.
I am also heading for no cell signal territory. When I crossed the Potomac to Pawa Paw WV to sample one of their highly regarded strombolis, I was startled by the complete worthlessness of a Smartphone sans service provider sans WiFi. I stared at it. I messed with it. All I could do was look at my pictures. My whole late afternoon, post-game rhythm was in shambles.
I”m going to have to adjust. I’m in my tent one-finger typing this with the full knowledge that I can’t send it until who knows when. This is so 1950!
Peace and Love in the Sticks,