Got back on the trail today….sort of. Beardo’s ankle has healed up pretty well and rapidly….thanks to ice, needles, lasers, foot massages and being nice to it – not making it walk much for the past 12 days. I am wearing a sports brace on it as I walk which helps stabilize it from rolling.
While we were back home, Sweet Pea took the opportunity to see a chiropractor about some hip/back issues that had been causing her some pain for the past couple weeks that we were on the trail. She is going to wait to return to the trail until the chiropractor gives her the OK and she is walking without pain around home. We hope it is very soon! Fortunately, she has some great company house sitting at our place to hang with.
I started out fairly late in the day, 3 o’clock, but managed to get in over 10 miles without any pain or stiffness in my ankle. Sweet Pea dropped me off right where we left the trail 12 days ago. Weather was beautiful today and it is gorgeous now at night as I write this. Skipping the tarp setup even.
There was a shelter about 5 miles in from where I started but it was just around 4:30 when I arrived and I felt like continuing on.
Only saw one other thru-hiker today. A norhtbounder named Lazarus. It was pretty odd to just see 1, as there were a lot of folks on the trail just 2 weeks ago.
The timing put me in an odd spot so I am stealth camping. Not too stealthy as I am within .5 mile of a road, and it is fairly noisy…. one of the few nights out on the trail so far not at a legit shelter or tentsite. Hoping tomorrow I can stay at one and hang with some other hikers.
When I past the first shelter, I checked the register and could see many of the folks that we had met/passed in Maine and Northern NH. Some are within a day of me, so hopefully I will see them tomorrow or the next day.
Some beautiful light in the evening as I walked. Passed through some farm fields where the evening sun was really nice.
Daily Distance: 10.2
Trip Distance: 666.8