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"Clark Kent"
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 22, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jul 26th, 2011
Start: Creek before Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery
End: Burney Falls State Park
Daily Distance: 12.5
Trip Distance: 1,015.0

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Entry Visits: 537
Journal Visits: 41,151
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Guestbook Entrys: 55

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An Inconvenient Truth

The relatively short, flat, hike to Burney Falls State Park was far more difficult than it should have been. Agony contorted my every step. I'd nursed my sore ankle since Big Bear, taking days off, and even two weeks off to heal. I'd wrapped it, iced it, heated it, braced it, massaged it, stretched it, worked it, ignored it, and horse linamented it, thinking I could hike it better. Now with every step it felt like I was doing more damage. I had to finally admit to myself that I was injured, not just hurt. I had to face the truth. I could not do the daily mileage necessary to make it to Canada before the winter weather set in, let alone return to hike the 400 miles skipped in the high Sierra. I had dreamt of hiking the PCT since I was fourteen years old, so this was not an easy pill to swallow. Nevertheless, I need my ankle to last my whole life, and it felt like continuing would cause permanent damage.
I called Mom and Dad and talked with them about my plight. Since they would be passing this way tomorrow, I will be joining them to go to the family reunion in Washington. It was hard telling Silent Joe, Kilroy and Chilly Willy that I had to call it. The rest of the PCT for me will have to wait.

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2011 Pacific Crest Trail

- "Clark Kent"

Do it. Do it right. Do it now. Don't wait!

 

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