Day 169

My attempt to attend Shabbat services at a local congregation this morning fizzled when I discovered too late that their online schedule was inaccurate. So instead I walked five miles through “Old Salisbury” and beyond, had an early lunch, and checked into the motel where I’ll be spending my final night in Maryland. Tomorrow morning I’m […]

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Day 168

Rain. Wind. Gray skies. I’ve seen worse of each, but I am near the end. This morning’s meal was epic. I counted eight varieties of fresh fruit, and five different vegetables accompanied my eggs and English muffins. I complimented Elise on the striking color contrasts in the food presentation, but she waved it off, alluding […]

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Day 167

  Hot and humid describes the walk to Vienna, Maryland. But otherwise, it was uneventful (e.g., no flashing lights). My clothes, backpack, and I are all drenched with sweat. The Tavern House Bed and Breakfast is a charming house on River Road in the colonial town of Vienna. Located on the Nanticoke River, the town […]

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Day 166

Each morning I head out on my journey hoping for no drama. I should know better. The drama finds me. The Choptank River is a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and the largest river on the Delmarva Peninsula, running for 71 miles. In 1985 the Markus Bridge over the Choptank replaced the Harrington Bridge. […]

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Day 165

After breakfast this morning, I wrapped up the outer three toes of my right foot with blue Leukotape K, put on two pairs of socks and my slides, grabbed my backpack, and out the door I went. No rain today (good), but it was mostly cloudy (very good), and for long stretches at a time […]

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Day 164

Although it was a humid day today, and hot (in the high 90°s), I didn’t mind. I wasn’t walking. In fact, I spent most of the day in air conditioned comfort. First, Marna and I walked to the Silver Spring Metro Station and talked until I got off at Union Station. (She continued to a […]

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Day 163

I saw my daughter Marna for a minute before I left this morning. Later this afternoon we’re all going out for pizza and salad to celebrate Father’s Day, and I’m looking forward to that. I am also looking forward to my tour of the Naval Academy tomorrow. I’ll be having lunch with Gordon Peterson, an […]

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Day 162

Christine dropped me off at my daughter’s home in Silver Spring at about 8:30 am. I said hello and goodbye to my son-in-law, Zak, and my grandsons Leo and Solomon (Marna was out), left my backpack with Zak, and headed out on the road to put in some walking miles. The next couple of days […]

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Day 161

I need to get to Annapolis by noon on Monday. In order to meet that timetable, I asked my hosts to drop me off this morning at Lock No. 10 on the C&O Canal Towpath in Cabin John, Maryland. After saying a fond goodbye to Betty and thanking Kerry for hosting me and being so […]

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Day 160

If there existed a trail across the United States that was anything like the path I walked on today, people would be walking this county from coast-to-coast as if it were the Camino de Santiago or the Inca Trail. The Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) is an asphalt paved, converted Rails to Trails cycling/hiking path—I’ve […]

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