Paw Paw Pi Day

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.

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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.

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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.

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Paw Paw. When one Paw is just not enough.

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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,
Palomino

7 thoughts on “Paw Paw Pi Day

  1. Love the commentary! We will be going over some of the eastern route (car route) of the ADT on Saturday (maybe) or Sunday (probably). We might see you along the road and stop and say hello. Or you might be on the Forest Roads or trails and we’ll miss you altogether, but just don’t be surprised if someone rolls down and window and says, “I’ll bet you’re Palomino.”

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  2. Looks like your day got off to an AWEsome start but sadly ended on a down note. Hang in there! As you traverse West Virginia, keep John Denver’s lyrics in your mind:
    John Denver – Country Roads Lyrics

    Almost heaven, West Virginia,
    Blue ridge mountain, Shenandoah river,
    Life is old there, older than the trees,
    Younger than the mountains, growing like a breeze

    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong,
    West Virginia,
    Mountain mamma, take me home
    Country roads

    All my memories, gather round her
    Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water
    Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
    Misty taste of moonshine, teardrops in my eye

    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong,
    West Virginia,
    Mountain mamma, take me home
    Country roads

    I hear her voice in the morning hour she calls me
    Radio reminds me of my home far away
    Driving down the road I get a feeling
    That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong,
    West virginia,
    Mountain mamma, take me home
    Country roads

    I hear her voice in the morning hour she calls me
    Radio reminds me of my home far away
    Driving down the road I get a feeling
    That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong,
    West Virginia,
    Mountain mamma, take me home
    Country roads
    Take me home, country roads
    Take me home, country roads

    Happy trails and keep those pics & blog entries coming. You’re our hero!

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  3. Paw Paw was originally a fort set up by the Union to protect the tunnel from the Confederate force.
    The name Paw Paw is a fruiting tree that grows wild in this area. It has a similar taste as bananas, and in some countries it is cultivated.
    Good luck in WV.

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