400 and counting

2 June 2017

AT – 410.4 miles
Today’s – 16.7 miles
Time – 9.5 hrs
Speed – 1.75 mph

As always, the hostel’s timeline is not my timeline. When I told him an 8am start time, I meant…8am go directly to the trail.  NOT…let’s stop at the bakery for breakfast.

BUT…the breakfast sandwich was awesome!  Egg, provolone cheese, ham and dried tomatoe pesto on sour dough toast — that will stick to the ribs!

So another late start for me!  I finally made it to the trail by 9am…way too late for big miles.  However, today’s trail was somewhat level and nice so I hoped the late start wouldn’t impact me too much.

AND I was right!  It wasn’t the late start nor trail, but instead a painful left shin issue quickly manifesting into a I don’t think I can continue walking anymore today kind of left shin pain.

You see, yesterday climbing Little Hump Mtn and HUMP Mtn, I started to get a little shin pain.  Then coming down into Roan Mtn TN it persisted…but I had no worries.  I’ve gotten weird unexplained pain before and it usually goes away.

This morning when I woke up, I noticed a slight stress in the shin area, but I thought it would work itself out over the first few morning miles.  So I took it real easy…but the pain got worse.

Finally, during lunch at Jones Falls…

I noticed my I had cankles on my left leg.  I took off my Zensha compression sleeve to realize “Houston, we have a problem…”

It was painful walking up, down and on flat surfaces.  Not good when you’re 8 miles the way you came from help and 30 miles in the other direction.  So, I decided a few Rx might do the trick, ate some lunch and was on my not so merry way.  The pain killers helped for 20 minutes…but not like no pain, pain killers.  I was still feeling it!

Then I came across a cold stream and decided a nice cold soak might help. NOPE, that was a nogo.  It did relieve some of the swelling, but I was still having issues.

After making it to the Mountaineer Shelter, I took about an hour of elevating the leg.  It seemed to help, but soon after starting to hike again the swelling and pain returned.

I finally limped into a campsite about 2 miles before the next shelter to get some rest for the leg.  I’m hoping a little elevation and sleep will help get me to Hampton TN tomorrow which is 14.9 miles away to Lake Watagua OR 10.8 miles to the town cutoff trail + a few miles — guess which one I plan to take? (The shortest path)

The BIG accomplishment today was passing the 400 mile mark!

I hope the body can keep closing the book on these monumental mile markers.

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Comments 2

  • mogal : Jun 4th

    Yeah for 400 but NOT the painful leg.

    • Larry : Jun 5th



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