My friend Hawkeye and I were chatting the other day about hiking and the new year, and he told me, "I've set a goal for 2014. I want to hike at least 100 trail miles."
And that got me thinking - in all my hikes, how many actual trail miles do I get in on my feet? I keep track of my steps, over 5 million of them last year, and that translates to over 2,000 miles on my feet. But how many of that is actual hiking on trails? Well, because of this blog, I can go back and see.
So I looked at each blog post, and added the miles for each hike. I am counting only actual hikes, not miles spent beach combing, for example. The answer for 2013 is that I took 22 hikes for a total of 90.7 trail miles. In addition, I took seven "urban hikes" for a total of 35 more miles.
Using Hawkeye as an example, I am going to add a goal for 2014 to hike 20% more miles than I did last year. I'll round that up to 110 miles in actual hiking on non-urban trails in the current year. As of today, the actual number of trail miles for the year stands at 0.
My vision is to describe hikes that I have taken. These will be sporadic, so if you like this blog, you may want to subscribe. If a lot of time goes on between hikes, then maybe I will write something about hiking in general, or describe an older hike from days gone by.