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David "Day-Late" Thibault
City: Venice
State: FL
Country: USA
Begins: Jan 1, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Feb 24th, 2018
Start: Guest Lake Campsite
End: Dean Campsite

Journal Stats
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Sick and hiking

Tough day today. I woke up feeling ill, as near as I can tell I have a
case of giardia. I took some meds I carry for just this but they are going
to take awhile to work. The morning really dragged as I just felt I had no
energy. The hike initially was okay, a little muddy in parts but this is
the Florida Trail so I expect that. By late morning I was on roads until
about 2 PM and then back on trail.
Last night two other Florida Trail thru hikers came into camp late. The
were bogs and Billy. Bogs is one of the kids I met the first day that was
saying how hard the trail was, he had no idea. His companion dropped out
after 500 miles. Both hikers are nearing the end of their hikes and it was
nice to get to talk with them for a while and catch up on some other hikers
they had run into. Bogs is plowing ahead tonight and plans to get onto the
beach then finish up the trail tomorow. It must be nice to have that kind
of energy, just getting to this campsite tonight took all I had. The
effects of the giadia were really hampering me today. I was pretty
dehydrated most of the day even though I was drinking as much as I could.
I really could have used an IV to get the fluids in. By late afternoon I
was finally able to get some fluids through the kidneys but it as still
pretty dark so not enough. Also this really kills my appetite so it is
hard to eat much and that just zaps the energy levels. Hoping to push the
fluids tonight and maybe I'll feel better by tomorrow and be able to eat
more.
Saw a water mocasain today on the trail, that is the second one I've run
into out here.
I should be on the beach tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how that
goes. I expect tomorrow to be a long day too.
aligator count = 46

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