With only four days to go, I finished my last week of training. On Monday, April 16th, I met my goal of climbing 3000 ft and a round trip of 15 miles. The pics above were taken at my high point. On Wednesday, Belle Cook (one of my two hiking buddies) was my “trainer”—-who pushed me to finish our 16.4 mile hike from Ventura to Carpinteria (and that was with my backpack). Geoff (also our hiking compadre) met us near the end and treated for beer and snacks.