More stealthy stealth

I just stealth uploaded more updates from a burger joint, and now it’s back into the woods and the land of no service whatsoever. Harpers Ferry on Thursday, maybe Friday morning. Unless it’s not. 😉

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6 thoughts on “More stealthy stealth

  1. I’ll be in Philly tomorrow through Friday! I’m so sad to miss you, but I’m so proud of everything you’re doing. Keep up the good work.

  2. Ann Kerwood aka birch

    Karma, hi it’s Birch again. Just wanted to reach out and tell you to hang in there. Your journal is great and constantly makes me laugh. I started my thru hike in 2007. My left foot was killing me – so I left the trail in Erwin. Came back home. Saw a foot doctor. He gave me a metatarsal pad – that worked wonders. I didn’t go back to work right away but ended up hiking VT, CT, MA. The next year I did NY & NJ. I pretty much did all those mile alone. What I realized after the fact – but not really while hiking was that hiking alone sucks. I never thought that I would feel that way, but I did. It was terribly lonely. Hiking the AT is a grind. Doing it alone make it so much harder. When my company closed in 2009 – I went back out and hiked from Erwin to Delaware Water Gap. This time – I hooked up with people I met on the trail. I also made sure that I stopped at all of the good hostels. (which I had not done really prior). This made all of the difference. I met wonderful people (mostly men) and my hike from that point was incredible. Not that it wasn’t before – it was just more incredible. These guys and I are still very close. I finished my hike in 2010 – NH & ME. Again, I met great people. I met up with a couple whom I had already hiked with in 2009 and even though the wife got off the trail in early ME – me and Garage Man finished together. The point of this story is that I think you would really benefit from hiking with other people. That’s why it might be a good idea for you to flip at DWG. You are behind most of the hikers now, but if you go up to Katahdin – you will meet up with SOBOs. It really made a huge difference to me. As far as your feet – where is the pain. Maybe the metatarsal pads are the way to go. Hang in there. Southern PA is great – snack bars in most of the state parks.
    Birch

    • Thanks, Birch! I’d love to hike with other people! I just haven’t been able to keep up with any of them! I tried various metatarsal pads and settled on a combination I thought would work. Right now, though, it’s Achilles/heel pain. my feet have some structural problems. But we’ll see how it goes! I’ve got fresh shoes in HF, which I hope will help considerably!

      • Ann Kerwood aka birch

        Karma, if you get to Mass – I will be here for you. You are more than welcome to stay with me and slack pack the entire state. Between me and my partner we will do what we can. When you get close – send me an email (hikerbirch@yahoo.com) and I will give you my cell. Hang in there.

      • Birch, that’s so generous! Thank you!

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