Saturday, November 3, 2007

IMAGES OF THE EXPEDITION – “the fruit break”

On a week-long expedition like the one we just completed, diet is a major concern. Each meal receives much contemplation:

“Do I need more fiber?”

“Am I getting enough natural sugars?”

“Is there enough protein in this?”

And of course, “I need more water.”

Every 5 to 7 miles; or whenever someone felt it was necessary, we would stop for water and fruit.

Guys would tighten their shoelaces, adjust their forcola, or change their shirt. Each time we stopped, I would check my chart to see where we were and how much further we had to go. Most of the time it lasted only 2 or 3 minutes, but sometimes this break would result in floating along for 10 minutes or more just eating fruit and telling jokes.

Bananas and apples were popular with everyone, while some of the guys also went for tomatoes. John was successful in getting most of us to accept large helpings of mixed nuts too.

Honestly, I think I ate better during that week than I have in a long time.

The above photo, entitled “the fruit break”, was taken about 500 yards north of the Bear Mountain Bridge on Day 4 as a freight train crept by, headed north towards West Point.

It truly was a perfect moment.

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