An Amicable Divorce
There is just no way around it….we needed a divorce….and we were all stepping on egg shells trying to figure out how to do it nicely.
Greyhound had a taste of freedom from the Uncles and had turned in BIG mileage getting to a friend’s wedding. She gained confidence in her hiking skills and ability to put in those miles comfortably.
Meanwhile the Uncles, Mtn. Goat & Chopper were putting in back to back big mileage weeks of 109+ and 117+ miles and struggling mightily.
The zero at Cousin Rick & wife Bev’s house was at the PERFECT time for recovery purposes. It was also the perfect time to address the elephant in the room!
The discussion took place in the basement of Rick & Bev’s house on the first night (before the zero). It was time to unleash the greyhound and let her run. She’d learned all she could from her Uncle’s and it was time to really put her skills and conditioning to the test!
The plan was discussed and agreed upon. Greyhound would split from Chopper & Mtn. Goat after the zero. The Uncles couldn’t keep up with the big miles and they wanted Greyhound to have the opportunity to hike her own hike. It would also give the Uncles a chance to throttle back their miles and get into a more comfortable range. The Uncles were looking at 15-17 daily, while the Niece found comfort in the 18+ daily range.
The zero was amazing! Our hosts pulled out all the stops (Rick & Bev are standing to the right) and Chopper & Mtn. Goat’s parents( pictured to the left, Duke & Dolores) came in, along with wives Mary (3rd from the Rt. standing) & Bobbi ( not pictured, she had to get back home to work). Bev’s son is standing in the middle of the picture and gave up his bed for the Grandparents!
Steaks, sodas,YooHoos, beer, potatoes, Tasty Cakes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, swimming, resupply trips and help for the Uncles to slackpack 2 days to keep up with Greyhound and ease the emotional burden of her impending departure and our separation. Neighbors Ellen & Ted even joined in and Ellen is assisting with slackpack day 2 by bringing the backpack contents to the Uncles. Ted supplied the local knowledge of the trail and they also had us down to their home for strawberry shortcake (which was delicious).
With a renewed sense of purpose and the comfort of knowing that this was the best decision for all 3 hikers and was happening at JUST the right time, the 3 prepared for their last night together. They were all smiles and eager to see where the trail would lead them. Tomorrow is another day and will be here soon enough!
Today’s hike is History, Tomorrow’s Hike’s a Mystery. Right now is a Gift and why it’s called the Present.
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