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Cane and I are back in Augusta once again. Poor Cane….he didn’t have a single of “good hiking day” for 4 days in row – dealt with cramps in his stomach area and left side of his rib, so we got off the trail around 16 miles before Caratunk in middle of nowhere (Moxie Lake, Maine) a couple of days ago. He is going to see his doctor today. Please continue with praying and hoping for the best for him.

I hiked yesterday and felt like crappy – same feeling 2 wks ago. I decided to check myself in at hospital last night because I didn’t want to continue suffer 5 more days in wilderness without access to town. I learned that I caught giardiasis – waterborne disease (I suspected that). I am going to take it easy today. I am waiting for the ride to get prescription for me. I hope to feel better enough to hike this week.

Happy Father’s Day.

Starting from Mount Rogers Headquarter in Marion, VA….heading fo Bland, VA for next few days. I am not feeling 100%, so wait and see how I feel for next few days.

I suffered six days with a bout of respiratory infection since I left Hot Springs last Thursday until last night.  It started out as scratchy throat on Thursday and Friday.  I stopped by hostel on Friday and asked for medicines, but they didn’t have it.  Shoot!  I went ahead and hiked to the shelter.  On Saturday, I hiked on top of the ridge of the mountain and got caught in rainstorm.  I got wet.  I put on my rain gear after finding a place to do that.  However, I ended up having a fever and coughing in afternoon.  On Sunday, my coughing became worse to the point where I coughed up some sputum.  My throat hurt like hell.  It was so hard on me trying to climb the mountains while breathing "like straw" through my mouth and nose….I was laboring.  UGH…..I just perserved to hike to destination despite the situation.  On Monday, my chest and throat hurt.  My fellow AT hikers that I hike with said that I can hike ahead to get myself to Erwin a day earlier to get a medical attention and have Ad-Cane to hike with them.  Ad-Cane and I discussed and agreed with that arrangement.  On Monday, I hiked 16.9 miles in a day for 7 hours – I ran downhill whatever I can!  Upon my arrival at the Uncle Johnny’s hostel, Glenn took care of me very well.  He let me to get myself cleaned up, grabbed dinner, then dropped me off at the hospital.  The doctor said my lungs sounded clear.  Whew…but, had to do the x-ray to cofirm that I do not develop pnemonia.  The result came back and it was negative.  Whew!  I got the medicine for my coughing.  Today, I feel a bit better….coughed hard once last night which was a big improvement.  I got a honor of meeting two hikers – father and daugther – to chat about hammock when they recognized my brand name hammock – Clark Jungle Hammock.  They are proud owners of them!  😎  They told me about their family business in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area – Mr. Cowpie’s Party Animals .  Check it out if you live that area.  They were so wonderful to chat with.  Today is my ZERO day….taking it easy with my poor throat, lungs, and body.    More updates coming soon….I am going to hop on lunch shuttle bus to Erwin to fetch myself a meal to chow down!  😎

December 2019
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Appalachian Trail

Map of entire Appalachian Trail - 2,179 miles/3,507 km - through 14 states - Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine

Map of entire Appalachian Trail - 2,179 miles/3,507 km

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