Day 89

Today was a zero day in Duncannon. It was a mello day mostly.

I tried getting a rental car for today, but that fell through due to the rental company. It is not worth my time going into details. I found a cab to come pick me up and bring me to a town with a doctor. If you have been reading this, you may recall for the last two weeks I have not wanted to eat and some diarrhea started yesterday. So today, I made it into an Urgent Care to get looked at. The Doctor thinks I picked up some Giardia, I was given something to treat it. Lab results are not back yet. I may be on the trail before then.

Truth is, at a few spots I did not filter my drinking water as I thought they would have been pretty pure. I knew the risks of my decision and I accept the outcome.

Anyways, it has not weakend my resolve. Hiking two weeks already on a minimal diet has strengthened me mentally and physically. My resolve to push on has been hardened. But I shall carry forward with an open and kind heart and curious mind. This is one snapshot in time of an extended pilgrimage. In adversity, comes strength and character.

Below is a song link or two to consider enjoying. Pennslyvania is a very pretty state with a rich and diverse history.

As I was at the Doctor, there was a local guy there who does a lot of trail magic further up. We talked about the trail. The rumor is that Pennsylvania is know for its rocks and tough trail conditions. He said that really only applies to the last 60 miles or so. I will find out for myself. As I was leaving the Doctors office, be deeply bowed and said he was not worthy and he wished me the best and then others did too when they found out what I was doing. I hope I never think this is a normal reaction, nor one to ever be expected. It humbles me to the core the sincerity, kindness and caring I continue to be shown. It will be paid forward by me in my life. The trail is changing me, sometimes I see it and am aware of it. I am sure I am changing in ways I am not aware of too, but it is all positive change.

Two days ago or so I ran into Miles and he just sent me a picture today from then. He does 30 miles a day usually on the trail.

Time to call it a night. Night Ya’ll.

10 thoughts on “Day 89

  1. Your symptoms sounded like a water-borne problem. I didn’t want to say anything, but I am personally relieved that you got to medical care. I couldn’t be sure and didn’t want to make mountains outta molehills. Yes, this adventure will certainly change you for the better. Bravo!


  2. Glad you took time out to see the Doc. Hope the medicine works wonders, I can’t imagine hiking so many miles and not having a appetite. So when you feel better have a burger and malt and enjoy.


  3. PartAnimal PartMachine June 1, 2018 — 12:09 am

    Hello PaceCar(PC)! It sounds like the trail gave you some magic; time for PC’s oil change! Rest and be well!

    So much to learn, there is.

    For the wild – PAPM


  4. Ready for all that comes your way! ….The good the bad the ugly …. By the horns big boy!, Heads up call listening to your body, No worries sounds like you got this…..


  5. Jessica, Chad, Dean and Ryan June 1, 2018 — 3:12 am

    Take care. I hope you got some medicine to treat the giardia. Feel better soon.


  6. If you want a funky illness you can just eat in the MPCA cafeteria, you didn’t have to go that far to get sick. hahaha

    I showed the photo of you to Dee this morning and she was very surprised and said she can’t wait to see you when you get back. I think it would be fun if you can stand to keep all that hair to come to work at least once with your new do! 🙂


  7. Hope you are taking all the time needed to recover, you’ll be able to make it up when you feel 100%. Maybe you could get hooked on soap operas or game shows for a little entertainment. ha ha. Just so glad you got to a doctor.


    1. It will all be fine. Dr.. says it’s ok to hike with it as I recover.


  8. Good luck w/ the giardia, my friend. Glad you got in to see the doc and get some meds! Good call, J.

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    1. Thanks. First time getting that. Hitting the trail tomorrow.

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