Getting Off The Trail

38 thoughts on “Getting Off The Trail”

  1. Awwwww, crying for you, Kara. Just want you HOME where you’re loved and protected and safe and cared for. You’ve proven you can do it. And we all get to brag and love your photos ❤
    Keep us posted as you journey to and reunite with the cheekins, cat & BUD !

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  2. Kara, I have followed as you have traveled. I truly enjoyed the pictures. You have completed all that you are able, this year. Prepare for next year and start from the Maine end, perhaps the weather will be kinder. You faced rain across most of the trail, and it wears an individual down. Now facing a tick born illness, I salute you. Wesley

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  3. Hi Kara/Rebound, your trail name says it all for and about you. I think Wesley has a great suggestion. Section hiking is a most doable way to complete the AT. You have most certainly completed a lot of miles, especially when combining the total of both hikes.
    Many blessings, safe travels, and rest in the care of your Bud. Happy trails-data

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  4. I’m glad you are feeling better about this trip and feel like you accomplished what you needed to do. I pray for a speedy healing from all that you have and may have. If your side still hurts, get check out. Now, to get home safe and sound. Praying.

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  5. Praying for you! You have accomplished an amazing hike! I am still so inspired by you and appreciate being part of your journey. Safe journey home! I’d love an aftermath post. Hugs!

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  6. I am truest amazed by your spirit and faith. What a time you have had on the AT. We sure can’t predict what the trail will pass our way. If I put myself in your shoes, I don’t know if I could have with stood all the weather and the tick bite. Congratulations on a well hiked hike!

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  7. I salute you! Well traveled hiker. You have already accomplished more than anyone I know. You are one brave courageous touch woman. Can’t wait to have you back home where you can get the rest you need and the care you need. The trail was brutal this year!

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    1. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to coming home! I’ve always missed Bud when we’ve been apart, but never ‘home’ like I miss our little place in the Ozarks. A big part of that is our neighbors, too! I cherish your friendship, and I am looking forward to having you over for coffee SOON!

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  8. I’m glad that you have the courage to say when enough is enough. That’s a hard one for a member of our family, as you know. Tina and I are going through some of this now, and it ain’t fun. I have to quote Romans 8:28. ” And we know that all things work together for good to those that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. And I know that you are, and you are! So, happy trails lead to home, and I’m glad that you and Bud will be together again. I’m praying for your complete healing from head to toe.
    I love you,
    Dad

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    1. Thank you, Dad. I remember you quoting this scripture often, and I appreciate it so much now. I also appreciate your prayers very much. I will call you when I get home. We need to catch up. I only know a hint of what is going on through Bud, and he didn’t know much. I love you, too! I’ll keep you and Tina in my prayers as well.

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    1. Thank you. I’m feeling strangely peaceful about everything and I feel like I had the thru-hiker experience this time. Even though I hiked mostly alone, I feel like I made some friends this time. I also did a better job of focusing on the journey, rather than the finish line, and that is what I’m most proud of.

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  9. You may consider getting a rib brace. It an elastic bandage you wrap around your rib region to give you support. Should help with the discomfort. A large width ace can do the same but may bunch up on you. An X-ray should be bin order. An urgent care center would be more affordable than an ER if they have X-ray capabilities. Even if it’s not a broken rib the brace should help. There’s not much else they do for a rib fracture except to take an anti inflammatory for pain like ibuprofen or naproxen. Prayers for you!

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    1. Thank you, Tish. I really appreciate this! Can you get a rib brace at the drug store? It feels a bit better. It mostly hurts when I try to lie down. I’m going to visit a Doc at home to follow up with the Ehrlichia and will tell him about the rib, too.

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  10. Sorry to hear you are so sick and now in pain. You have endured much this time, but it sounded like you also got a lot out of it and accomplished many of the things you set out to do differently this time. Hope you are going home with many good memories that overshine the bad. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

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  11. You have been such a joy to follow while on this hard journey. I know this decision wasn’t easy but it is probably for the best with the pain and sickness. You are a beast! You accomplished something most of us haven’t. I hope you’ll keep writing.

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I’m so glad you followed me. I have really appreciate your comments and your encouragement. I’m not sure whether I will keep up this blog or not, but having followed other trail journals in the past, I do understand what it’s like for the person you are following to be ‘done’. It’s kind of like reading a good book, and then BOOM, it’s over. 😦 Best wishes to you, Jennifer!

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  12. You have been a joy to follow! I hope you are now at home and feeling stronger. Rest up. I plan to follow you on your next adventure. You are an inspiration!!

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  13. Oh my honey, I am so sorry you are feeling so rotten. But After following it all, I think you did really well!

    Wow, I am horrified that you broke a rib! I hope you start feeling better and you rest up well from this tremendous hike you have accomplished. Mi hermana, you have run the race, and personally I think you have flashed across the finish line with a fine time. I think you accomplished so much for yourself on this hike. You have nothing to be ashamed about with all you have done.

    I have loved following your updates and pictures. Such an adventure!

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