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13 June 2017

ZERO Day — Back in Missouri

 

After a night in Sikeston, Missouri it was time to press towards home.  With around 300+- miles left, it meant another long day in the car.

However, we made it to Home Sweet Home…

…but chores needed to be done.  So myWife is mowing the grass.

While the leg is “doing better”?  I figured a doctor visit was in order BUT before I could make the request my doctor’s office called me.   How’s that for patient care!  They agreed, I needed to come in and they scheduled an appointment for tomorrow morning.   I’m so glad for the quick turn so that hopefully we can make a much needed trip to Nebraska to hug on the grandkid.

With some of my “other symptoms” this could end up being Lyme disease.  So I’ve asked for the test even though I’m being treated with Doxy antibiotic.  Then I think a good evaluation regarding Compartment Syndrome needs to be considered.  Hopefully, my Doc feels the same.   Also, I think a review for cellulitus is in order since the swelling and pain is not better after a week of being on antibiotics.

Let’s hope we get this resolved soon.

 

NEW Hiking Plan

On the drive home, I’ve been discussing my “Return to the Trail”!  It looks like I have several options to flip flop to Maine since I know I won’t make it NOBO to Katahdin with this unknown length of time break.

So the NEW AT plan is a Flip Flop.  So let’s head to Maine and come SOBO to Damascus.

  • Option 1 – a 3 day bus ride to Bangor followed by a short bus ride to Medway followed by a shuttle to Baxter State Park.
  • Option 2 – a flight to Boston followed by a bus ride to Bangor followed by a short bus ride to Medway followed by a shuttle to Baxter State Park.
  • Option 3 – a flight to Portland followed by a bus ride to Bangor followed by a short bus ride to Medway followed by a shuttle to Baxter State Park.

From Option 1 to 3 the price goes from cheapest to more expensive.  This Thru Hiking ain’t cheap!

Since I haven’t looked at the SOBO hiking plan, I have to do some research quickly.  Just getting to Katahdin is a PAIN!

However, with a SOBO hiking strategy, I should see some of my old AT friends when they pass me going North.   That should be Fun!

 

Financials

On the financial note, I’ve “been required” by the CFO to track my expenses and there are MANY exoenses to track.

To date which is a little over a month, the hike cost is sitting at $1,200 while the travel costs are $1,300.  The gear costs keep increasing…around $3,300 so far, but I think I need a new backpack.

I may end up in the poor house before this hike is over especially if I keep taking trips back and forth to the East Coast.

The next trip needs to be the last one until I complete this hike….well, except for when myWife comes out to give support somewhere along the trail.   That somewhere WAS Virginia….now, we are trying to figure a new visit plan.

 

NEW PLAN

Since I haven’t looked at the SOBO hiking plan, I have to do some research quickly.  Just getting to Katahdin is a PAIN!

However, with a SOBO hiking strategy, I should see some of my old AT friends when they pass me going North.   That should be Fun!

 

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