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It’s a Hard Knock Life, or Meditations on (Temporary) Termination

I came off the PCT on April 4th, 2014. Tomorrow I will see a doctor in Sacramento, where I live, and will likely be referred to a podiatrist for peroneal tendonitis. I developed this tendonitis in early February when I … Continue reading

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PCT Day 11: Opiates, God, and a Sickening Reentry

April 4, 2014 Mile 121 to Mile 127 I shifted under my quilt in the pre-dawn light, squirming away from the wet walls of my tent. Meander was up. When I stopped rustling my down, I could hear him moving. … Continue reading

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PCT Day 10: Decision Day

April 3, 2014 Mile 109.5 to Mile 121 Meander had been waiting out the rain and snow at Monty‚Äôs while I was there tending to my tendonitis and getting new shoes, and we left together from the Warner Springs Community … Continue reading

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PCT Days 7-9: Tendonitis, Tears, and a Triple Zero in Warner Springs

March 31 – April 2, 2014 Stuck at Mile 109.5 On the morning of the 31st, the thru-hikers who had stayed with him the night before piled into Monty’s truck again and took off for the Warner Springs Post Office. … Continue reading

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PCT Day 6: Cave Dwellers and the Hiker Bar

March 30, 2014 Mile 96 to Mile 109.5 Last night I fell asleep around 9 after setting up my tent in what I thought was a relatively sheltered site. LaVonne was camped in Billy Goat’s cave, a tiny horizontal cylinder … Continue reading

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PCT Day 5: Primal Fears and an Ominous Soreness

March 29, 2014 Mile 77.2 to Mile 96 I’m feeling strange tonight. Not quite discouraged, but I’m not sure I’m having fun yet. My foot is sore and I’m worried about the possibility of my tendonitis relapsing or becoming chronic. … Continue reading

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PCT Day 4: The Cold Blooded Would-Be-Killer

March 28, 2014 Mile 59.5 to Mile 77.2 In the morning, I turned over on my sleeping pad and felt a frigid spray of condensation rain down from the walls of my tent. I unzipped the silnylon and peered out … Continue reading

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