Knew it was coming for a few weeks now, but I wasn’t quite ready. The last couple days put me over the edge.
My first day started out great. Beautiful skies, no rain and plenty to see. When I got to the area I had planned to camp, I found out the water source was bad and I ended up having to hike 14 miles. I’d say the last 6 were more of a limp. Then I started out today sore and would have to hike 16 because a shelter was closed due to bear problems. The leg is done.
A very kind hiker carried my pack to a dirt road about 7 miles down and waited until I hitched a ride. When you are slowing down someone else’s hike, you know it’s time to get off the trail. Time for the dreaded MRI. So I hitched into a little town and I’m working on a ride to Roanoke to pick up a rental car. Should be home by Friday.
Am I sad? Yes, but I’m not done yet. I’m now what hikers call a “LASH”. Long Ass Section Hiker. I will escape the city whenever I can and hike another section until I’m standing on Katahdin!
Until then, these are some of the things that kept me going.
And this was my reward at the top of McAfee Knob. My reason to go a couple more days.
Plenty more photos and stories to tell. All for another day. And once again, thanks for your positive comments, texts and most of all the donations to Digdeep.org. Everyone deserves clean water and I know I’ve had my share lately!
As Dr. Suess always said
“Don’t cry because it’s over, be happy because it happened”