Day 148 – Sick Leave

Ready to Go

I’d packed up all my camping gear, food, and supplies last night before dinner. I was ready, but I felt a little off. Northstar felt my forehead and said I had a fever. I replied that I’d probably be fine by morning.

I wasn’t.

It was a rough night – chills, shivering, runny nose, and coughing. By morning I knew I wouldn’t be hiking today, especially with the big storm moving in. I turned off my alarm and went back to not sleeping for the rest of the morning.

When it Rains

Northstar got a text from Alex, who’s been supporting her husband JW in their van, and is part of PBJ’s crew. They’d switch up their plans and had started hiking the backpack section on my zero day, so they could finish it before the big storm. Today, they planned to do the 13.5-mile section I’d done yesterday, because it would be easier in the rain, and they could go back to their hostel to dry off.

With my zero day for my birthday and today’s sick day, they’d be two days ahead of me. I’d probably never catch them.

Oh well, I’d hiked the first 1,980 miles alone. I guess I can hike the last 220 miles alone too.

Every Cloud

On the bright side, my fever broke by late morning, and I felt much better by dinner time. Also, I’ve only got two weeks to go before Katahdin. Two weeks.

Daily Stats:

  • Start: ME 4 (Mile 1977.8)
  • End: ME 4 (Mile 1977.8)
  • Weather: Gloom, doom, and rain. Lots of it.
  • Earworm: None
  • Meditation:
  • Plant of the Day: Cold spores
  • Best Thing: Rest
  • Worst Thing: Sick

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Comments 4

  • thetentman : Sep 24th

    Hopefully, that was the last trial before you finish. Great posts.

    • Jon : Sep 24th

      One can only hope. One week to go.

  • Mike Nixon : Sep 29th

    I’m no doctor, but I watched a few series of Marcus Welby. I’d say you had Covid. I had every symptom you described when we got back from Colorado 8 weeks ago. The only reason I got tested was to make sure if I needed to avoid our 2 month old (at the time) grandson, and elderly mother & in-laws.

    I waited to post, to see if anyone else thought the same thing. I’m glad to hear the fever broke.

    Stay safe & strong!

    • Jon : Sep 29th

      It didn’t feel like the COVID I had last summer. Over it now whatever it was.


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