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Mike C / "Chill'n"
Begins: Jul 2, 2011
Date: Thu, Sep 29th, 2011
End: Port Clinton, PA
Daily Distance: 1.5
Trip Distance: 480.1
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The common cold. I thought injury would cause an early end to the trip but never once considered getting a cold could stop me for days.
Well a lot has happened since the 22nd.
On the 23rd, the night before leaving Hamburg, I started to notice a rash developing in certian areas. It took me a moment to figure it out that it was only in areas that were covered in clothes. Must have had some allergic reaction to the laundry soap at the hotel. Pulled out the cortisone cream and benadryl to deal with the itching and ran my clothes thru the washer without soap this time. It seemed better Saturday so I packed everything up and decided to head to Port Clinton as it has a cheaper place to stay. So that morning I get ready to leave and my phone won't power on. Try changing the battery, plugging it into the wall charger, but it won't power on. Mmmm, body AND equipement seem to be conspiring against me now. While heading out of town I spot a Verizon store in the plaza and ask them to take a look. He plugs it into AC power and gets it to power up doing nothing special he states. We try shifting the battery around while while powering it on and off but it acts normal, power it off and on several time and no problem found. So I walk up and get checked into the Port Clinton Hotel where I washed my clothes twice more without soap hoping it will help.
By Monday the 26th, The cold is in full force and the rash seems to come and go but crests on Sunday night and it is not just bumps here and there now but clumped together to form large welts on the shoulders, hips and feet. As I am taking some more benadryl I realize that I am down to my last dose.
Tuesday I walk back to the Walmart in Hamburg for more benadryl and to see how I feel after making the trip. The next shelter was about 10 miles in and I was wondering if I could make it there to hangout to lower the cost even more. It took a lot out of me and I wasn't convinced it was the smart thing to do hanging out in the woods. The clincher was taking a closer look at the finances and the decision was made, time to end the trip.
So on Wednesday morning, a taxi ride to Reading PA at 6:30a, a bus ride to the Port Authority in New York, then New Haven, Hartford and finally arriving at Springfield MA at 3:45p has me waiting for my friend Tom to pick me up.
So not the way I would have imagened ending this part of the trip but I will say this. I had a GREAT TIME! I learned so much about something I really enjoy doing and myself. Saw some really great areas of the Northeast. Meet some really great people, both on and off the trail. For example, the Port Clinton Hotel has a pub and resturant downstairs. I'm sitting there Monday night having dinner and start talking with a guy at the bar and he asks about my trip. I tell the story and mention that my funds are getting a bit lower than I wanted and this guy pulls a fifty dollar bill out of his wallet to give to me, " ...I'd like to see you make to the end of your trip" he says. I couldn't take it and thanked him profusely but it blew me away. Then again, I'm looking pretty svelte now so...no really, it was one of the kindest offers, still don't fully understand it.
I want to say thanks to everyone for following along and all the kind words, it's means alot.