Taking Another Zero

26 thoughts on “Taking Another Zero”

      1. Thank you, Kathy! I always appreciate getting confirmation that I’ve made the right decision. On the few days I have hiked my precious ‘bat out of hell’ pace, my feet and legs have hurt. That confirms that slowing down is helping!

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  1. The hostel looks very nice. You can warm up and rest your leg. How about getting some Epsom salts? Do they have a bathtub? Hopefully some warmer weather is coming soon! Praying for your safety and a quick improvement in your condition. Stay strong and make wise decisions. Love and Gods spread along your journey.

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    1. Unfortunately, just a shower here, but lots of water pressure and hot water! I’ve had two showers so far. Showers and being clean are the things I most miss while on the trail. Thx for your prayers and encouragement.

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    1. Yeah…and I definitely don’t want to replicate a lot of my last hike. I do want to focus on the positive if I can, it yeah…I also want to keep it real. I e read too many trail journals of people who portray this adventure in an unrealistic way (IMHO). Thx for your comment!

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  2. Hi Rebound! Luv the kewl Shoes I adore that brand. Your socks rock, also. If you wear scrubs again, tell store keepers that you’re a world famous neurosurgeon. If you can do an accent, even better. Bye for now. c

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  3. oh but Kara! I love that you shared the picture. You look so much at peace compared to last time. I often thought you looked both happy and stressed. But now, just peace and happy.

    That hostel sounds heavenly! Enjoy your stay!

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  4. Slow and steady. I’ve been watching the weather. It seems one system after another is rolling up the trail. Use it to your advantage to rest your body. I will keep you and all the hikers in my prayers. I love your honesty and openess. Be safe out there.

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  5. Rebound, let Spring catch up with you and rest your knee while you can. I begin my LASH on April 2nd and am having to pack with winter gear, which is what I didn’t want to do. Stay warm, maybe I will see you on the Trail. I am known as “data” amongst the hikers.

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      1. I have completed the AT up to Massie Gap in the Grayson Highlands SP. So I will begin there next week and hike to Rockfish Gap. I did the Shenandoah NP last year. I want to thru hike but husband doesn’t understand why I would want repeat all those miles.

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      2. I’ll definitely miss you, then. 😔 maybe if you have your husband read about it, he’ll understand more? My friend, Lee Ann posted an awesome Guidepost article that captured perfectly what it’s like to Thru hike. He was 75! (I think) if I was on my laptop, I would copy it here. Maybe Bud can do it. It was posted on my personal FB I think. I hope you have a blast, Data!

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      3. Greetings Appalachian Sojourn, I began my hike as planned on 4/02 at Massie Gap in Grayson Highlands. Within 4 days my back would tighten up and become uncomfortable. Made it to Atkins and had a meal at the Red Barn only to become throwing up sick 24 hrs later. This put me out of commission for 2+ days at a local hostel. While there I met with a massage therapist in Marion to try and give my back some relief. I ended up in a hotel for another 2 days soaking in epsom salt baths. This is NOT what I had in mind for my LASH. Back on the trail and only 4 hours up the trail, my back spammed to the point I went into a fetal position in the middle of the trail, crying with tears in pain. Set up tent and crawled in, laying on my back. Next day hiked to another hostel, etc. Anyway, with the cold, wet weather in addition to my physical illnesses, I finally decided after 64 miles to come home and regroup on 4/15. I was and am so discouraged. Lots of prayers for you and me! My back is better but have a pinched nerve now that is effecting use of my arm & hand, ugh.
        Thanks for “listening.” -data

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      4. Oh no! What a nightmare! 😦 (Remind me not to eat at the Red Barn when I pick up my mail drop there!) I can only imagine how disappointed you must have been that your hike ended this way! …but I’m glad you are at least feeling better enough that you are going to get back on the trail and try it again. Definitely sending some prayers your way, and I hope the second half of your LASH is much more pleasant than your first half! I’m also hoping for some warmer and nicer weather for you up there!

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  6. Kara, which hostel are you at? I just got back from doing trail magic for the weekend. Saw the tornado damage from last week. It was bad. I’m glad you went into a hostel at that time. I drove a few hikers into town and they were surprised at the damage. It was very near the trail. Saw many cool hikers one was Renegade. She is a triple crowner hiking with insulin as she is diabetic. Very intetesting woman. Let me know where you are at. We shuttled many hikers in to town as they were soaked and it was cold.

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    1. I have not yet met Renegade but would love to meet her! She sounds awesome! Thank you for doing trail magic. You know how much hikers appreciate it!!!! I didn’t know about the tornado, but have seen SO much tree damage from the hurricane last season. The campsite you and I stayed at (Lance Creek) was just heart breaking!

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  7. Rebound, you do look at peace and happy. Thank you for openly sharing your journey. I know gluten can give you a hard time if you haven’t been used to eating it. I’m praying your body adjusts and your knee muscles heal quickly. BTW, my face and hands and legs often swell for a while when I’m on the trail. Takes my body a while to adjust to everything. Thank you for your writing and your thoughts! I eagerly read every post.

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    1. Thank you for your comments, and for sharing about swelling while on the trail. That makes me feel a bit better. I don’t remember swelling like this the whole hike last time. I have been so sore this time, too. Thank you so much for your prayers! My knee has felt a bit better the last few days!😊

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  8. Love the Skechers, Kara! (now I’m looking for camp shoes for when we go KOA-ing later this summer.) I’m glad you’re getting the rest you need. Was it the end of March or early April when you started last time?

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