Monday, May 13, 2019


Back from my adventure, at least for a little while but perhaps longer.

I was hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail and managed to strain my left Achilles tendon. My medical guide says to stop doing what you were doing that caused the injury so after plodding limping along for a couple of days, when I got to a good stopping place I called Enterprise to come pick me up, rented a car and drove home.

It was a tough call - I wanted to stay on the trail, but the reality of such an injury is that you can only make it worse by pushing on, so I let my head overcome my heart and left the Trail.

Don't know yet how long it will take to recover, I know I didn't rupture the tendon but will seek medical advice in the next few days. Meanwhile, it's rest, ice, compress and elevate for me.

The AT is great, the other hikers are great, but as so many learn, it only takes a slight misstep to cause an injury that sends you home.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3:29 PM

    I had a friend attempt the first half of the Pacific Coast Trail last year (Mexico Boarder to Canada Border out west). He ran into knee problems, and finally had to come off the trail for at least a month. He went back for about 3 to 4 weeks but decided to stop for knees and other reasons for the year.

    He is at it again this year after getting well, and re-planning how to accomplish this. So listen to your body and doctors and re-plan as needed.