Last month we did #17 on the East Coast Trail Association maps: Bear Cove Point Path. We also did a little driving tour on the way back. Port Kirwan. Very, very nice.
The Spout. Me nerves. Seven hours, 10 pounds of camera gear and we didn't even make it to The Spout! We headed in from the south side, with the intention of hiking as far as The Spout, turning around and hiking back. It was 30+ degrees that day and the heat got the better of our intentions. My Sherpa guide said the next time we have to bring more water and less camera!
It became apparent that I could use some additional conditioning when I noticed that all the hikers that passed me were senior citizens, 20 years older than me at the time. Seasoned senior citizens. Sinewy senior citizens. Senior citizens with trekking poles, hiking shoes and various other make-your-hike-easier gear. An important lesson was reinforced that day: the ability to build muscle is something that never diminishes with age.
I can't say my 'conditioning' has improved a whole lot, despite that fact that we do more hiking now then we did back then. I am neither seasoned nor sinewy! But I am hoping that by the time I become a senior citizen I will be :-)