Thru Hiking is: a 600 mile retrospection


Ah Internet, it’s been a while! I’m currently in Roanoke, VA after getting off the trail for about a week because I developed Peroneal Tendonitis. The good news? I get back on the trail Friday, and even if the tendonitis comes back, the doctor says I won’t do any long term damage by hiking on it… I’ll just be in immense amounts of pain :p

The bad news? I’m missing the trail between Bland, VA and mike 707 or so because I had Lil Santa keep hiking so my injury wouldn’t force him off the trail too. I’ll join up with him right before Mcafee’s Knob and make up the miles in between sometime in the future.

Of course, it hasn’t been all bad. I’ve been staying with my aunt and uncle and they are spoiling me rotten. It just so happens that I finally caved and saw a doctor in just about the most perfect location on the trail where help was nearby and freely given! I’ve been eating a lot of pineapple (my favorite food) and other amazing goodies. I’ve been wearing around a “boot” courtesy of the podiatrist and diligently taking my anti-inflammatory medication. One of my college friends suggested I see a chiropractor as well but I think I’ll hold off on that unless the tendonitis comes back.

image

Das Boot

All in all I’m feeling pretty lucky that my injury is one that will allow me to continue hiking because gosh darn it… I miss it.

Here is a short list that sums up my experience so far  (and sorry some of the photos are weirdly rotated, I’ll try to fix it better when I’m not bloggin’ from my phone!)

Thru hiking is:

-so freaking hard like all the time

image

-dirty, muddy, humid, wet clothes pretty much every day

image

-pasta sides and  packing out box wine and frosting to eat as dessert

image

– pooping in weird and uncomfortable places on a regular basis. Hoping you don’t run out of toilet paper before you get to town.

image

Just kidding, no one is pooping in this photo

-carrying way too much food out of town and yet somehow still running out the day you’re supposed to resupply

image

Lil Santa is always running low on snacks to get him into town.

-a lot of sweat

image

-not brushing your teeth because you already bear bagged your toothpaste and you can just brush them twice in the morning or something

image

– regularly beautiful

image

-regularly slippery

image

 

-regularly falling on your butt and sometimes even hitting your head and hoping that you didn’t hit it too hard because you’re at least a day from the next road crossing and yikes that would be scarey

image

-laughing a lot at things that are probably only funny to other people who smell as badly as you do (farts. I’m talking about farts. The worst smelling farts that fill up the tent and good god Little Santa what is happening in your large intestine that can’t be healthy)

image

The look in his eyes says “I love you but I’m about to let one rip”

-the best way to meet the coolest people in the world and I just want to collect their beautiful, brave, hilarious, kind, important souls like Ursula in the Little Mermaid cause I want to keep them to myself and please don’t hike more miles/day than me because I low-key love you and can’t live without you even though we only met like yesterday or a week ago or 400 miles ago it honestly doesn’t matter because everyone is amazin!

image

-did I mention how amazing the people are?

image

-beer-o days which are even better than zero days or nearo days

image

-smiles for miles

image

-a lot of crying too let’s be honest

image

I ugly cried here and made anther hiker uncomfortable because it was a big ol’ ugly cry. Sorry!

– mostly smiles though

image

– feeling like you’re a part of a great and beautiful and amazing tribe and how am I so lucky and you all accepted my Facebook friend requests but it’s confusing because I don’t actually know anyone’s real name. So like how can I tag you in my sweet photo?  the struggle is real.

Cheeks is always encouraging people to stop for afternoon tea!

Cheeks is always encouraging people to stop for afternoon tea!

– sometimes the foggy views are satisfying because there is no way you would have climbed that terrible mountain on a day with this shitty weather if you WEREN’T thru hiking so doesn’t that make it a unique AT experience?

image

-the days with views are better though let’s be honest

image

-especially the days with views that are at great napping/snacking locations

image

A view of a giant pizza is also acceptable.

-napping everywhere

image

image

-above all else though. Be it a shitty day of an amazing day, thru hiking is the best things I’ve ever set my heart on.

image

Sometimes it’s a little shitty. But I still love it!

I can’t wait to get back on the trail!

Affiliate Disclosure

This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. Thanks for your support!

To learn more, please visit the About This Site page.

Comments 3

  • Avatar
    Lora Davis : May 24th

    Love this blog!! OmG, all those people in your photos are so young. Have you seen any septuagenarians out there (like me)?

    Reply
    • Avatar
      Kira Thornley : May 24th

      Lots of older folks out here as well! Just not in our particular bubble!

      Reply
  • Avatar
    Dulci : May 26th

    Lucky!!! I miss you and Lil Santa!! I am so sorry about the tendinitis! That’s stinks. But so glad you are going to be able to get back on the trail. 🙂 I missed quite a few days of hiking because of tendinitis as well. I had a cortisone shot in my right foot, and finally was able to get back to hiking. Though there is still some pain, it is much better. Couldn’t do it without the ibuprofen though! I am in Pearisburg, VA at the Motor Lodge and will be back on the trail tomorrow. Happy Trails!!

    Reply

What Do You Think?