Automobiles of the past:
The revolutionary 1985 Olds Tornado IOur first USA front wheel drive production car.
My next door neighbor, Richard, is a retired Boy Scouts Official. He came over to borrow a wheelbarrow to haul some fire wood to his fire pit. We talked. In the conversation I mentioned I hoped to try a Thru-Hike of the AT. We talked a little more and he left to haul wood. I went on about my business of no business, or making covers for Grandson Josh’s house vents. In a couple hours Richard came back. “I’ve been thinking, I have a friend, named Richard also, in Statesville who has a shop that specializes in Hiking support equipment. Let’s drive up to Statesville this week and talk to him.
Richard Griggs’ Carolina Mountain Sports is a nice shop. Richard was very straight forward about equipment even recommending his competitors for a couple things. We were discussing the canister cookers we both knew that canisters are not great below freezing. He gave me a hint I had not heard, “Drop the canister into your sleeping bag on COLD nights and it will stay warm and work well in the morning,” laughing he continued, “But remember if you give that canister in your sleeping bag a girl’s name you are in trouble.”
I received some good advice on packs and cookers. I also had a good time with neighbor Richard on the trip. We had never talked at length, but we had a good time. It was nice of him to take me to Statesville (an hour’s drive) and introduce me to the owner.
It is too early to get real enthused but it is fun thinking about the coming event I truly HOPE does fall into place.