Monday, August 24, 2015

Day 144- My Most Boring Day On The Trail

Aug 23, 2015 
Hogan Road(1891.6) 0 Miles

Today is all about resting my poor ankle. I'm not sure what else to do, but Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation(RICE). After being active for over twelve hours per day, laying around all day is torture. Things might be easier if I had wifi, but that is not an option unless I walk a quarter of a mile to Dunkin Donuts. I've packed and unpacked my bag half a dozen times, repaired holes and tears in my gear, planned out the rest of my trip, and I've read two books. One of the books I read was pretty good. It was written by the previous AT record holder, Jennifer Pharr Davis. Becoming Odyssa, is the story of her first thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I enjoyed reading her prospective about the things I have seen and experienced. 

After having so many days off my hiker hunger has finally been satisfied. I'll spare everyone the boring details from my day. Instead of giving you the commentary of laying in bed all day, I thought it would be fun to post a few of my favorite pictures from along my journey. 

Day 1... All squeaky clean and nervous to begin
View from Blood Mountain, GA
View from Rocky Top, the only view I got from the Smokies
Hints of Spring
Two of my favorite people on the trail, HVAC and Lorax
A few more of my favorite people, Stealth Bomber, Cyborg, Airlock, and Cherokee
Roan Highlands, one of my favorite days
Great trail magic, Hi MinD
Grayson Highlands
McAfee Knob
More great trail magic, Soda Pop and Skittles
1st bear sighting
Visit with Hannibal and The General
Emotional halfway point, Harpers Ferry
Actual Halfway Point
Lehigh gap
Sages Ravine
Favorite hostel on the trail, Bearded Woods
More great trail magic
RPH cabin
The Long Trail
Great Trail magic with BFG and Broccoli Casserole
Franconia Ridge
Presidential Range
Sunrise over Mt. Washington

I hope everyone has enjoyed this walk down memory lane. 

"Injury in general teaches you to appreciate every moment. I've had my share of injuries throughout my career. It's humbling. It gives you perspective. No matter how many times I've been hurt, I've learned from that injury and come back even more humble." -Troy Polamalu


  1. YES! I thoroughly enjoyed the trip down memory lane with you - boy am I going to miss your posts! Thanks for doing this today! My top two favorite pics (in case you're bored enough to be taking a poll) - McAfee Knob and Mt. Washington Sunrise!
    You didn't say if you're feeling that the ankle is responding to RICE - I certainly hope so!!!

  2. Thanks for the pictures. I know I speak for everyone who is reading your blog when I say I wish you speedy healing!

  3. That's a great idea...Memory Lane and Yes I enjoyed it. RICE yep a term I learned when becoming a ski patroler. When my son rolled his ankle he was a couple weeks and than he was able to return to B-Ball play with a air cast. But had to continue wearing it for a year during any activity. Looks like Airlock will be in town soon and hopefully you can get back to hiking with her. You new slowed pace will be just about right for her ;)

  4. Really enjoyed the pictures in review. That should have helped pass some time. Excited that you and Airlock are going to hike together again. Just hope the ankle is well enough to start trail again. You have a tough area too still get through. Take it easy and I'm glad you are caught up on your blogs!! Have missed reading even though we have been talking

  5. Thrilled to see you and Dutch(Airlock) back together. I so hope you guys can go all the way to Katahdin together!!! Praying the R.I.C.E. Method works....... All the way!!

  6. Gorgeous stroll down memory lane. It's so amazing the beautiful things you have seen and we all appreciate you sharing