Today I get to be Erin’s guest blogger. She and I have been together since Friday evening May 23. We are staying at the La Quinta Inn between Salem and Roanoke. Aphrodite and Gracie are here for our protection.
I met Erin, who is called “Spice” by her fellow through hikers, on mile 92.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. She had hiked 20 miles that day. I stopped at Wendy’s and watched her eat a spicy chicken sandwich, french fries, a junior cheeseburger, and a strawberry lemonade. Not 15 minutes later, she had me stop at Burger King where she ate a whopper junior and a brownie sundae. The evening ended as we chilled at the hotel and hung out.
Saturday, we shopped at Black Dog Salvage where unexpectedly we had the pleasure of meeting and receiving one-on-one attention from Robert and Mike, the DIY celebrities from the show! Erin accused me of being star struck! I was in heaven as Robert and I picked out an old cast iron tub, bathroom sink, 1/2 bath sink, guest bathroom sink, urinal, and floor sink for the new house. It had to be loaded into the Element with a forklift.
Afterwards, we located a soda shop, a health food co-op and an old-fashioned theater where we saw Chef. Two thumbs up. We took our dinner to the hotel, but not before Spice had me stop by the Chinese takeout to get her more food.
On Sunday, we drove back to the Blue Ridge Parkway, mile marker 92.5 We took five hours to hike 10 miles. I have now adopted the trail name Starstruck. Erin and I listened to Podcasts, the Gorillaz and each other.
As we headed back to the hotel, we consumed more cheeseburgers! The hunger is kinda crazy. Now, we are snuggled into our beds. I have had a Epsom salt bath, propped up my feet, and taken 800 mg of “ibebrokens.” Life if grand and we are happy.
Spice wanted me to mention she has seen a set of black bear cubs and a huge snake.