Monday July 15, 2019

74 degrees, sunny, and calm this morning when I left for the gym.

Joyce picked me up around 10:15 for a Blue Ridge Parkway clean up day. We start at the Parkway entrance off 21 about 4 miles south of my house to check for litter. We then headed north today driving out the Virginia line. There is an overlook just short of the line on the northbound side we stopped to do cleanup there. Then at the line we turned around and slowly traveled south. Joyce has signs on the car indicating we are doing Friends of Parkway cleanup. We slowly cruised south looking for trash; mostly Styrofoam cups, plastic bags, beer cans/bottles, and soda cans.

At the mile markers we scrubbed them with a wire brush. While Joyce painted the numbers to brighten them up I walked on up both sides of the road picking up trash. Shen would then catch up with me to ride and stop for trash until we reached the next mile marker.

Thankfully it was in the upper 70’s  to low 80’s with a breeze but it was still hot in the sun. We stopped at 1 for a short snack break at one of the overlooks but otherwise spent roughly 5 hours doing litter pickup and painting.

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