What a day, it was suppose to rain all day, but it was just cloudy and cool. It was also very hilly and took longer than expected. I left the hotel at 9 and got into Tazwell at 3. I had to go through the Cumberland Gap tunnel but pedestrians are not allowed to pass through on foot. So I walked up to parking lot and waited for someone to see me on the video camera, and come ask me what I was doing. It only took a few minutes before a tunnel worker came and picked me up and drove me to the other side, about a mile away.
Not to far down the road, past the town of Harrogate, I heard my name.... "STACIE!!!!" I stopped and thought I was hearing things; "Who knows my name all the way out here?" I turned around and saw a woman running at me. It was Penny, the wife of family I would be staying with tonight! haha, she's so cute, she was hoping to see me walk by and she happen to catch me while she was doing the trash at the restaurant she works at. Her boss was kind enough to feed me some lunch and I was on my way again.
By the time I got to Tazwell, I was pretty beat from the day - not prepared mentally for all the hills. Then I had to get tor Myrle and Penny's house... It was only 1.2 miles off the highway, but crazy hilly! The road was very, very narrow too, so not the safest; when I got to their house, I was absolutely exhausted. When I finally cooled off enough to go inside, I got a overwhelming-delicious whiff of peanut butter fudge that Myrle was making, and the daughters came home not long after me. We ate a great dinner; pork steaks with a baked potato with mushrooms, carrots and garlic toast. So good! This evening definitely made up for the long day.