Virginia and I have struggled with one another in the past. We have had a troubled past. I have decided to put the past behind me, and look at her, too, with ‘new eyes’. I’m actually kind of excited about it. I’m feeling much better, physically, this time around. I’m encouraged about that. However, I’m having an unspecified problem, and I’m going to try to go to the clinic today. I’m hoping there is a quick and easy solution. I don’t like going to the doctor. I would appreciate your prayers 1) That they will take a walk in 2) That the Doctor is compassionate and has a good bedside manner 3) That this has a quick and easy solution.
After having cell service on the trail for the two days in to Damascus, I have had no cell service since I arrived in town. Using WiFi for email to communicate with Bud about the tent has been excruciating. I don’t know what I would do without Bud. He is not only a great husband and partner, but also an amazing ‘support person’. He has single handedly taken care of all of the business with Nemo to get my replacement rain fly sent to me in a timely manner.
I didn’t even know about that his company before I bought my tent at Neel’s Gap this year. This was after my tent pole broke for the second time since I have owned my Big Agnes Copper Spur 2. According to Bud, Nemo Customer Service has been awesome! He said they have been very nice, and they are sending a new rain fly ‘overnight’ at no extra charge! I’m very pleased with that. They even waved their requirements to see ‘proof of purchase’. That is pretty awesome in my book! I can’t say the same about Big Agnes (…though I love their tent!)
I’ve been upset at all the problems I’ve had while on this hike…with delays, the weather, and what I believe to be more than my fair share of equipment problems. Now…this physical problem. I believe everything happens for a reason in God’s economy, but I struggle in knowing whether these ‘problems’ are roadblocks or closed doors, saying, “Get off the trail, you are not supposed to be here,” or whether it’s just adversity that I need to push through, whether it’s some kind of test, or whether it’s God protecting me from something ahead, or even holding me back, because there is some encounter with another person I am supposed to have. The last three were Bud’s suggestions, and I’m most inclined to go with one of those reasons. It doesn’t make the adversity any easier. I’m grateful that my outlook is better this time, in spite of it all. I think that week at home really helped me to ‘regroup’ mentally and emotionally.
I’ve been doing the hostel hop, going wherever they have space for me. I’m moving again today. My rain fly should arrive this afternoon. The good thing is that I have missed some nasty thunderstorms while I’ve stayed here! That is always a good thing!
I appreciate you all! It makes it much more fun to blog, when you know people are reading! I also appreciate your prayers and words of encouragement more than I can express!