Sorry for the late blog – day 71 was a good, steady run on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail, which is wonderfully shaded and though busy with cyclists in some areas can also be quite peaceful. It’s great to have a few days completely off the roads!
We spent the night at Mike’s old friends’ house and it was amazing. Dave and JR Gates treated us to a delicious meal of steak (from their own Wagyū cattle!), corn and lots of veggies. The beef was probably the best I’ve ever had. Their hospitality was staggering – I left with a big bag of fruit they’d bought for us, and couldn’t have asked for better hosts. I slept well and their 18th century farm house was the perfect antidote to motels! Thanks again to the Gates for a super evening!
I managed to miss two animal sightings – first hummingbirds on the porch and then John had a bat fly past him in the bedroom! I’ll post John’s hummingbird pics when he uploads them.