Class in Reston gets me most of the way to Mary Ewell's home in Ashburn VA, and the possibility of getting good barbecue for my family provides a plausible excuse to avoid rush-hour traffic. So late on a warm weekday afternoon I pick Mary up and drive at her direction, first to a nearby hardware/garden store and then to the W&OD Trail parking area near milepost 27.5. (See  for map.) We run/walk east to Smiths Switch Station where I refill my water bottle, then trek back. Soon we're dripping wet in the sultry summer heat, but the staff at the formerly-Partlow's-General-Store are funny, friendly, and tell us that they have seen worse.  The BBQ is excellent, as predicted, according to the carnivores to whom I take it home.
^z - 2010-06-18