Been a couple days. My shin splints were bothering me enough that I decided to take a couple days off. I stayed at the Graymoor shelter since it was comfy, free and had chairs, water that didn’t need to be filtered and pizza delivery. It was also great to stay there as I knew I’d have the company of other hikers passing through.
I am surprised how much the shin splints hurt. It was pretty steady for a couple days. I spent a lot of the days soaking my leg in cool water and massaging it, as well as doing some stretches that are supposed to help the shin splints.
This morning, I headed into Fort Montgomery with another southbounder that I had met a few days ago, named Chillin. We got some great views from Anthony’s Nose which overlooks the Hudson River, Bear Mountain Bridge and Bear Mountain. The hiking was pretty mellow and enjoyable. The last stretch was over the Bear Mountain Bridge which has anti-suicide signs as well as phones to call a hotline if one is considering jumping. One of the photos is of my friend Chillin looking to go for a swim in the Hudson.
One of the other photos that I am loading up is a crucifix made of rebar from the former World Trade Center buildings, the stars each have the name of someone who died there.
Sweat Pea is headed down tomorrow so she will be back on the trail. 🙂 Very much looking forward to seeing her!
Daily Distance: 6.2
Trip Distance: 784.4