Day 81: A “Zero” Day
Settling the Shock Waves
Northstar and I talked late into the night yesterday, working out a Plan A, B, and C, each with a host of variants, each depending on her condition. By the time we’d figured that all out, our daughter had been treated and released from the ER. At that point, we had nothing left to do but collapse into bed. After I had a long, hot shower, that is, and had sequestered my smelly hiking clothes in a closet.
Northstar and I both woke up knowing we want to keep hiking. We want to reach Katahdin. I think she said it before she said good morning. We’ll stop if Northstar develops Lymes Disease condition worsens, obviously, but until it does we’re moving north. Just not today. Today is for rest, reflection, and recovery.
Yesterday was my tenth consecutive day hiking and my legs and feet were feeling it. They feel strong in the mornings but start sputtering earlier and earlier each successive day. I think my endurance is improving and I hope to log a few more 20’s in Pennsylvania. I appreciate the wise advice I’ve gotten in the comments to not rush and risk hurting myself, but I am excited to see what I can do, at least before I get to the nastiest rocks.
As bad as yesterday was, it could have been worse. In retrospect, lots of things fell into place for us. For example, the urgent care was completely empty when Northstar walked in. A few minutes later, fifteen people were in line. Our motel sat right next to a Walmart, Lowes, Verizon, Laundromat, and Harbor Freight, all of which I needed to work through my chore list.
Also, both the tick bite and our daughter’s ER visit happened when we’d already scheduled a zero day, so we had time to adapt and process. I had time to catch up on my blogs, fix the van’s cabinetry, and figure out why our wireless hot spot box wasn’t charging.
Our Tick Prevention Plan
Roux’s reform school/summer camp in Chattanooga doesn’t have room for Gus and we don’t know anyone willing to dog sit a somewhat needy Golden Doodle for three months. So, Gus is banned from hiking until we’re out of tick country and the weather turns colder. He and I are both despondent, but it’s definitely the right thing. Also, he’s relegated to the floor until he completes a quarantine period. He agreed to this last clause reluctantly. It’ll be a battle.
By mid-day, the halo around the tick bite had disappeared, though its still a dime sized red spot. We’ve also heard some less scary accounts of tick bites and Lyme’s Disease. We’ve adopted a wait and see attitude, but for now, we plan to head north again tomorrow.
- Start: Waynesboro, PA
- End: Waynesboro, PA
- Weather: Puffy clouds, warm-hot, humid, afternoon drizzle.
- Earworm: None
- Meditation: Lk. 12:27
- Plant of the Day: Me
- Best Thing: Air conditioning
- Worst Thing: Telling Gus he’s banished from hiking
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