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Lionheart - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2013

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Lion Heart
City: Ukiah
State: CA
Begins: Apr 25, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, May 20th, 2013
Start: Westlake Village
End: Westlake Village
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 343.9

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,120
Journal Visits: 187,641
Guestbook Views: 9,995
Guestbook Entrys: 150

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big boot

Corn Of The Toe

Wow. Slept in until after 7am. That's something of a a miracle now that my wake time is closer to 5am. Just after 9am I made an appointment at a local podiatrist to have my toe checked out. Morning breakfast of yogurt, granola and fruit. Second breakfast of eggs, broccoli, bell pepper and potatoes. I even had some coconut water with pulp. It was passable. Still in search of decent coconut water here in SoCal.

Big Boot has arrived. Soft corn turned infection. Met with a comical doctor today who put up with my bad nervous jokes. I said I was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail but I don't think he really got it. Even saying I'd hiked 340 miles in 3 weeks didn't quite set in. To give the dude credit, he didn't wince at my hardened and starting-to-be-perfectly-calloused feet. I think he was a little scared that I was serious about an afternoon hike with aunt Donna. The sweats set in as he started to scrape at my infected toe. As the assistant grimaced, my toe oozed and Donna reminded me to breathe. Didn't reach my nose, but he said it was stinky. Yum. Infection Central. Turns out my pinky toe, which should be 3 separate bones, is fused at one of the joints. This causes it to tuck into my 4th toe, and followed by lots of rubbing and friction turns into the soft corn lump that formed several weeks ago. I'm due back for a follow up appointment on Wednesday. Antibiotics were on order to battle the infection. Healing time? One week.

Not to worry folks, more trail miles are in my near future. Meanwhile, I am blessed with valuable visit time with family. It's hard not to be out there making miles, hiking with my buds. But I am present to my current gift. Blessings to my angels Phil and Donna for taking such great care of me.

Power to the 'lesser toes'! See the light.......

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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