I comped them a "Town" meal, a trip to Walmart and an outfitter, and an actual mattress-enhanced night sleep, their first in quite a while.
They seem fully entrenched in the hiker culture and all its eccentricities. They are the 102nd and 103rd North hikers to attain the Headquarters treatment. Phoebe plans on them passing a few to attain top 100 hikers to reach Mt. Katahdin in Maine in early July. We all will find out how this is as training for XC, as she will start at Swarthmore in the Fall.
Rob ended up with his old PSU Junior/Senior nickname of Large when Phoebe told the other hikers about it. Rob thanks you guys for that!
I ended up walking the entire width of the trail with them. This was my third time completing the width hike, and I am getting much better at it. You don't get a nickname for that!
|5/6 of the old Rob Whiteside with his daughter Phoebe at the 1000 mile mark in Virginia.|
|A town meal of bison burgers, fish and chips and teriyaki wings.|