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Hiking Scouts We finished the 20 mile hike at 3:45 after starting at 8:40 this morning. Two scouts set the pace and I just had to keep up. It was a great hike, exploring a few new places around the community, and the weather was terrific. And, actually, my feet and legs feel just fine - tired but fine.

Someone asked if we do anything special for a 20-mile hike. Not really. Everyone has water bottles. The scout laying out the hike shows me where water locations are and reassures me that we are on trails or sidewalks the whole way. I ask to borrow some sunscreen to make sure we have some, and then we're off. The scouts use GMap-Pedometer to lay out their hikes - it does a great job and they can share the map with everyone.

On this hike, we stopped at Subway at 8 miles. The scouts got footlongs, but I just did a 6-inch BMT with everything but tomatoes. Did you know the "BMT" is named for the Boston Mass Transit? The scouts did a lot of guessing before giving up on that one. It was a scruptious meal and enough to fuel the engine another 12 miles.

We had two more water stops after that since it turned out to be sunny and 83 all day - a great day for hiking. I also asked how feet and legs felt a couple times but these guys are in great shape with baseball, tennis, and basketball all the time.

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Posted: 16:01 08-18-2011 654
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