Saturday morning, we rode our bikes to the Farmer’s Market. It’s a measly 6 or so miles round trip. But if you’ve ever been to Harrisonburg, you know it is a bit hilly.
Then a few hours later, we decided to go hike Fridley Gap, a 9 mile trail in the George Washington National Forest that I found through an iPhone app I discovered earlier this week (AllTrails). I knew it was going to be challenging. But damn… it was hard.
The first few miles were no big deal. It was all uphill, but at a manageable grade, so I thought it was going to be a piece of cake hike. Then the trail really started to pick up. And up. And up. And when we went downhill it was steep. By mile 5, my quads, calves, and glutes were feeling every single step and I couldn’t believe we were only a little more than half-way done.
This was definitely one of the most strenuous hikes I’ve ever done. 9.4 miles long and 2,803 feet of elevation change. It’s no wonder my legs are so sore today. But despite the exhaustion and pain, it was fun. The weather was perfect: overcast, low 70’s, and drizzling. And there was no shortage of food with the hundreds of blackberries and blueberries we found and ate along the way. I definitely earned the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat I chugged when I got home.