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Mgundry - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2018

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Mike Gundry
City: Cameron Park
State: Ca
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 2, 2018
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Mon, Feb 5th, 2018

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The Dr says...

So I went to the Dr. for my latest Knee issue and it turns out that the pain is from a lower ham string muscle pull and the swelling is from arthritis and it was just coincidence that it happened at the same time. I have never experienced knee swelling or arthritis before so now I have that to deal with. I guess all those years of hiking the hills fighting fires has caught up with me. Getting old is hell! It is probably my biggest fear that injury will end my quest.

My other fear that may end my hike is a family emergency. My Dad had a stroke last week and now has deficits on his left side. He is in a physical and speech rehabilitation center and we are waiting to see what level of care he is going to need moving forward. Hopefully he will be able to come home and my Mom will have someone come in part time to help her with him.

I’m still obsessing over gear and weight. I spent today researching camp shoes. Last week I bought some Xeroshoes only to find out that the advertised weight was per shoe. Other web sites I looked at stated that the weight was for a pair of shoes so I just assumed… So those are going back and I continued my search. I have some cheap Old Navy flip flops at 6.7 ounces but would like something I could possibly wear for creek crossings. Now I’m looking at the Shamma Warriors at 6 ounce for a pair of size 9’s. I wear size 11 so after doing some math (yea I used the algebra I learned in the 8th grade) I figured 11’s would be about 7.3 ounces for the pair. I really like having camp shoes to wear while soaking in creeks during breaks and at the end of the day to let my feet breath. I did buy my rain kilt from Enlightened Equipment. I figured that my shoes were going to get wet no matter what rain protection I had on my legs so why would I try to protect the area from my knees down when I could save a few ounces.


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