Alas, we must sing our swan song, The Party’s Over. With much regret, we decided not to wait out the rain any longer. The forecast for the next week shows continuing storms and showers; the poor condition of the C&O trail makes it unusable to us. Tomorrow our friends will drive us to BWI Airport to rent an SUV; from there we’ll head to South Carolina to visit Bill’s cousin and wife, who had planned to join us when we reached Williamsburg. Our target to arrive back in Denver is next Wednesday, the 14th.
This journey began long ago as a dream, and even if we stopped short of our goal, in my opinion we accomplished a great thing. We are deeply grateful to everyone who helped us along the way, from offering an encouraging word to a ride across a river. We hope our many new friends keep in contact and that we may meet again; you are always welcome to our home. And we are excited to return to Denver and reunite with our friends there!
This morning we toured Harpers Ferry, and learned that in addition to its role in the Civil War, it was a key provisioning town for Meriwether Lewis before he set out on his expedition. He and William Clark provided inspiration to our two-person Corps of Discovery, so it is fitting that we end here. Happy trails!