I’ve been home a little over 3 months, slowly my body and mind have healed, well my body has. When I first got back, I couldn’t climb a set of stairs without stopping at the top to catch my breath, my chest felt like an elephant was sitting on it with even the slightest of exercise and at the end of the day my feet and ankles were swollen. I was very worried that I might have done some permanent damage to myself. At the end of my first month home, I started taking Wrigley, (the cutest puppy on the planet) for short walks. Gradually we got up to 2 miles and these were gentle walks. We increased it to 3 miles and then to 4 miles as I felt stronger. Now we do 4 miles at a pretty good pace almost everyday. So, to those who care, I’m fine. It took a long time for my blood to get back to normal, but as of Wednesday the 27th, my blood work is back to where it was before I started my hike. My previous blood work was close but not quite back to normal. At that time I told my Dr. I wanted to go back to the trail for a week to ten days in August. I planned to go SOBO thru MA and hopefully see some familiar faces heading NOBO . But, my Dr. didn’t think it was a good idea. I was planning to go anyway, UNTIL, I went for a bike ride. Pedaling up some of the hills seemed a lot harder than they should have been, I even walked my bike up one of them. So,, I didn’t go back to the trail.
I did take 2 drives out to the Berkshires in MA and met up with Tip Toe and Kenny one day and Wrong Way Jalapeno, Bad Camel and Popeye the other. It was great seeing them and talking trail. I do miss it.
I do miss it, in the same breath I can say I’m glad to be home. I missed Lil and my life at home a lot. I had some home sickness on the trail. I had planned to go home for a week in June for my granddaughters high school graduation and if the trail wasn’t calling me back, I might not have returned. Anyway, the gods sent me home earlier.
When I first got back, I said I was done. My body was broken and I had had enough. Then some time past and I thought going back in August for a week to ten days sounded like a good idea. NOW!!! I’m thinking of going back for a month next year and starting where I left the trail. Lil thinks a month would be all right. I don’t think she will ever again agree to SIX MONTHS. And I’m not sure if I could do that. Maybe I’m a Section Hiker. I have a friend, who I have backpacked with in the past, who is thinking of hiking the Trail in 2015. So I might join him in Atkins VA for a bit. Well, that’s the plan today. You going Ross??
Since I took my Ford E-150 van to the junk yard before starting my hike, I needed to get some wheels. I bought a white 2011 Ford Transit Connect. I call it my “marshmallow”. It is much smaller than my E-150. MUCH SMALLER!! But, I do like the gas mileage. My kayaks will not go inside this marshmallow so I had to wait till I got roof racks for it before I could go for a float. I missed being able to just go Kayaking anytime I wanted. So far Lil and I have kayaked down the Essex river to Cranes beach with our friends Rick and Shelia, and Ken and I have done the Slocum river to Buzzards Bay. Nice to be kayaking again.
As much as I didn’t want a dog before Wrigley came into my life, and I wasn’t going to have anything to do with “your dog”. I’ve changed a little. OK! A LOT! Now I’m trying to get Wrigley to come kayaking with us. I made a railing for the front of my kayak out of a pair of aluminum crutches and placed some non-skid treads on the deck so Wrigley doesn’t slide off. It works, but, having a 22 lb puppy shifting her weight from side to side does not make for a comfortable paddle. We’ve only tried it twice and I think she will get the hang of it. She’s still a Puppy. Lil thinks she would do better in the back hatch, but I can’t see how she’s doing back there.
Final note. I did that bike ride again the other day. I rode my bike up the hill that I walked up some weeks before.