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City: San Diego
Begins: May 1, 2011
Date: Sun, Jul 3rd, 2011
Trip Distance: 18.0
Entry Visits: 801
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Guestbook Entrys: 17
The trail has stolen my heart
This morning I was still convinced that I was going to have to leave the trail. Today I walked about 2 miles around town and have been stretching and icing and taking ibuprofin as well as being a good hiker and resting my legs.
The good news is, I cancelled my train reservation because I discovered things are getting better. I'm still waiting to start the trail for another 3 or 4 days so that I give the shin some time to heal. My knees are responding to stretching exercises and are feeling less stiff and more agile. As a result, I'm working on getting a ride to Seiad Valley, since my bounce bucket is there which contains the maps needed to safely navigate my way south. I am afterall going to be solo. there won't be any GPS or planning meetings each night with my friends until I can catch up with them. At this point that might be a couple of weeks while I get my legs back in shape enough to do some long mile days.
I will be happy to do 16 miles a day right now, as long as I am on the trail!
the entry below is from earlier today...Note that I really felt defeated up till now...
As I sit, reluctantly in the Ashland Hostel waiting for the bus on monday to Klamath Falls I sit here and dream about the trail. I had no idea that this would happen to me. That I would find the one thing in life that I truly enjoy then be stopped in my tracks-quite literally by injury. I nearly fell to tears as I drove away from Callahans Lodge, leaving behind a group of friends that I have come to trust and appreciate in ways previously unknown to me. I have hiked with Outpost, Echo, Mother Goose and Sunshine since our initial meeting at gobblers knob. (just after Cajon Pass)"Team Fast Enough" as sunshine referred to us one day...These folks just seemed to fit my personality well. They were not the heavy duty party crowd, but at the same time light hearted, fun and friendly with a maturity that has made my experience thus far a much more enjoyable experience.
I anticipate returning to the trail as soon as I can. First I have to deal with my knee problems and that is likely to take a couple of weeks just to get in to see the specialist. I know what I need, as does my doctor it's a matter of jumping through the hoops at this point. Shin Spints are painful-by the way... These are in addition to my knee problems. If it were one or the other, I could deal with it and continue, but with both-one on each leg- its all but impossible to walk any distance without much pain and discomfort.
I am fairly certain that I will be spending most of my summers on trails from this point, perhaps a thru-hike of the PCT will some day be mine. This year is likely out of the picture. If I cannot get back to the trail within 2 weeks, my plan is to come back north to Medford/fishlake and jump back on going north, hike to the border and return to ashland to hike south until the weather stops me. I'm hoping to be able to rejoin my crew at some point-See ya all soon!
Pacific Crest Trail - 2011
The truly simple life exists within the zippers of my backpack,powered by my own legs, burning only natural fuel, leaving no trace I was ever there.
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