The logging process has begun. Truth be told, I nearly started it after two days of being back. The best part about doing a documentary on an Appalachian Trail thru-hike? Reliving all the awesome moments by watching the footage. I find at times I am homesick for the people on the trail and the beauty of the trail, and this process is really helping that transition process. The editing is going to take the better part of a year, but, I thought I would share some fun screen grabs from March – April for you all! Enjoy 🙂
Well, I wonder if Chuck Norris has super healing powers….because apparently I do. Had an appointment today, but, in the last three days my wound has healed incredibly well. I attribute the healing to spending most of the day with my feet up, eating fruits, vegetables and protein and catching up on some excellent HBO programming.
The hope is to be back out Monday or Tuesday! I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to be back in the woods. I will do a trial walk on Sunday at a local state park. Not much with inclines, but it does have a ton of mud and tree roots to trip over, so it will ALMOST be like being back on the A.T. 🙂
Well, the good news is the trench foot is healing, however, the bad news is I have an infected ulcer on my toe. I have an appointment at a wound clinic on Friday to have a sharp debridement. Basically, they will cut at my toe and remove all the dirt that has started to heal in. They will also remove the dead tissue and fully clean out the “stage 3” wound. “Stage 3” one might ask? Well, that means the wound is so deep it is down to the muscle tissue. Hard to walk on just muscle tissue, unless you’re Chuck Norris. Right now, I wish I was Chuck Norris.
Timeline? A week at least, maybe more. I am going to be optimistic about it all. Because, whether I like it or not, this is my journey and this is the events that have unfolded. I still have a firm deadline for school, though I am thinking of asking for an extension….positive thoughts on THAT being a possibility! Either way, I have been looking forward to getting to the whites and hiking Maine. When I am healed, I hope to restart my trek there.
Thanks to everyone who has sent their supportive messages. I think you know how much I want to finish this trip and how much it means to me at this point. I think you also know the lengths I will go to to get back out there.
The clock is ticking down, almost all my gear is set and I am continuing to slave away at my dehydrator. I took a peak at the weather for when I am starting….and even though there is no forecast available yet, there are some storms working their way over toward the Appalachians and the way the weather has been recently in Georgia, it might get slightly wet.
Nothing creates drama for a film and experience like a few solid days of rain! Well, I certainly wouldn’t want to do this if it was all easy. Reminds me of the a$$ kicking I received when I was playing Division II collegiate soccer many, many years ago. In all honesty, I think there is nothing like playing a college sport at a stellar program to prepare you to push your mind past what your body is capable of.
I had these grand illusions that I was going to be able to run about an hour and a half every day before I left, and as the weeks count down, I fear that “life” has gotten in the way of my physical prep. Makes me think about the greater society out there. How many of us let “life” get in the way of taking care of ourselves? At some point, we all need to stop and re-evaluate how we treat our bodies and minds before we end up spending most of our time watching trashy reality TV while our front butt continues to grow by astronomical proportions. Extreme yes, (might be a personal fear….don’t judge) but, there are other things, like forgetting to go to the doctor because something ails us, and it then turns into a larger problem because we didn’t put ourselves first.
Rant done. Full circle? Embrace “life” by putting yourself first in it. Rain, you can try and soak me to the bone all you want, but, I have a surprise for you. I actually like rain. The sounds that come from you calm me. Even better, when you fall, you are so a free water source. So, take that!
10 days left! 75% funded! So very close, only 25% to complete the funding!! Very big thanks to yesterday’s new backers:
Well, the official countdown to (hopefully) funded is on!! There are only 10 days left, if you were thinking of pledging, the time is now! If you can’t pledge, please, keep spreading the word. Email, facebook, tweet, google +, linked in, myspace…..does anyone use myspace anymore??? Chat it up and direct people here! This type of funding is only successful if you become my advocate! Thanks so much everyone, you are all amazing!