Back in the Saddle Again

32 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle Again”

  1. I hope your knee works out it’s problem. Keep taking the Advil to reduce the inflammation. I’m so happy the trail angels are keeping you nourished! It is hard to meet new people but each can bring a new perspective to life on the trail and give help along the way. The pictures are so pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Tish! That is confirmation that I am doing the right thing for my knee. As providence would have it, bad weather has forced us off the trail, and I will be taking a zero today. My knee was feeling better yesterday, but I wanted a day of not hiking to let it rest and heal.

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  2. What a great first few days! I hope the initial physical aches and pains will resolve very soon. Saying prayers for you and you continue to meet people.

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  3. Kara is typing on her phone, so there are some ‘errors’. I don’t know if it is autocorrect showing its ugly face or simply typos. Instead of ‘set tent’, it should be ‘wet tent’. I think the others are fairly easy to figure out. FYI: The mountain behind our property is very similar to the mountain in picture #3, and we have a view from a favorite spot on our property that is similar to picture #4.

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  4. This post was wonderfully informative and the pictures made me feel as though I was right there with you. I am there with you in spirit. So, go Rebound! You have lots of fans rooting for you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement, Lee Ann. Yes! It was that cold! I’m so glad I postponed my start date. From what I e heard from the people who slept in it the night before, it was indeed brutal!

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  5. REBOUND…I love the name. I wish I could be out there with you. Glad to hear you are meeting people and talking to others as well as eating regularly. How cold has the weather gotten? I’m not a fan of cold weather. Have you had nights in the teens or twenty? Have you been warm enough?
    Thanks for posting the blog. I know how hard it is typing from your phone. Love reading about your adventure and seeing the pictures.

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    1. I wish you were here, too! It’s kinda hard sitting in ton the sidelines again, once you’ve been in the game! You are feeling what I felt last year when I was following your thru hike!

      So far, I have avoided weather in the 20’s. I am struggling to stay warm this time at night. I’m warmest sleeping in my hiking clothes. I’ve had to drape my rain skirt and jacket over my body inside my sleeping bad liner to hold in the heat. I tried to buy a Mylar blanket at Neel Gap but they do not sell them. I settled for a lightweight piece of plastic someone left in a hiker box. Haven’t tried it yet. I’m off trail right now avoiding bad weather/ snow tonight, but it will be cold when I get back on the trail.

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  6. It’s a dream of mine to do this hike one day! I’m routing for you! I was curious, how easy is it to get water on the trail? Is it mostly from streams that you purify or do they have a lot of built in water stations?

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    1. Water sources are springs and streams, mostly. Most people use the Sawyer Squeeze to filter water. Some use purification tablets or drops. In the South, in the Spring, water sources are abundant. In the heat of summer in New York and Pa, the sources start drying up. Trail Angels would often save us by leaving gallon jugs of water for us at road crossings. What a blessing that was! Trail
      Angels are one-of-a-kind. It is a calling, of sorts. Hikers are very grateful for these special people and their random acts of kindness.

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    2. I thought I answered this but can’t find my reply! Water sources are plentiful in the Spring in the South. I us a Sawyer filter to purify the water. In New York and PA last time, water sources were drying up and trail angels would leave gallon jugs of water at the road crossings.

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  7. Hey Rebound, love the name. I’m happy you are meeting people. Can you tell us if you easily settled into setting up and taking down camp, or is it awkward like it usually is when first starting as a new hiker? We will be at Unicoi this weekend giving trail magic. I know we will end up missing you, but i will be thinking of you.

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    1. Hi Raid!
      Amazingly, I have fallen back into my old routine pretty quickly. I had a bit of trouble setting up my new tent, but finally got it figured out. The doors and space are a little different so it was awkward placing things in my tent. I’m sure things will become more comfortable in a few days. As far as the routine of setting up and taking down it has been kind of like riding a bicycle. 😊

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  8. Hey Rebound,
    I hiked the AT in 2016 also. My tent also broke where yours did but I was near Monson, Maine and Poet was able to JB Weld it and I was able to finish the trail. I hike in 2015 and injury took me off at mile 309. 2016 I got back on at Hot Springs and finished the trail. It’s awesome you are on trail. I plan on hiking 4 weeks in April-May. Maybe I will see you on the trail. I also had head aches for a month after I got home in 2016. Probably was Lymes. It took my knees 18 months to recover as I was 57 at the time. The more you chat people up, the easier it gets. Good hiking!
    Sookie

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    1. Sookie! I remember you! I was Arkansas Traveler in 2016!! I lost too much weight… my body was breaking down….I was exhausted….I got off the trail in Andover, Maine. Now I started over at the beginning and I’m shooting to do the whole thing.

      I looked and looked for your blog and could not find it! I never thought about JB Weld. That is a great idea!

      I hope to see you on the trail. Glad to know you are still out there hiking!

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  9. Praying for much warmer weather and a healthy knee, Kara! Have you ever used White Willow Bark, or Boswellia … both are excellent for pain relief and reducing inflammation. I’ve had great results with both. I know curcumin is great, too, but I’m not able to do the Ibuprophen so I use the other two instead.

    I’ve enjoyed seeing the photos and reading your update here, as well as the comments. So happy to hear of the new ‘trailblazers’ that you’re meeting! My hubby said he’d love to be there enjoying the great outdoors, too … hmmm, maybe there is a future on the trail for us someday! By the way, how old is the oldest hiker you’ve met on the trail? Just wondering if we were too old to give it a try! We’d definitely need to get our rears into gear and get in shape for it, that’s for sure! lol! What really sounds like fun would be able to set up camp as ‘trail angels’ to meet and help refresh the weary hikers with food and drink!! We’d love doing that, and hearing their stories! Sending prayers for you, Kara!

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers! I’m taking curcumin this time. I’ve heard of willow bark. It have never tried it. I’ve met hikers in their 60’s and 70’s on the trail and I think there was a guy who recently broke an age record who was in his 80’s. it’s never too late!

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