Hi all! I am doing well in Monson, Maine - the last trail town on the AT. This area of the country is wild and remote, so posting to my blog has not been possible. I'm sorry.
I'm about 115 miles from finishing. Today I enter the 100-mile Wilderness and then Katahdin! I came into town limping on an injured left foot. I didn't do anything precipitous to cause the injury, it just hurts to stand on it. I guess hiking 2,000 miles is taking it's toll. There's no visible sign that there's anything wrong, it's not discolored or swollen, the bones on top of the foot just hurt when I stand up and occasionally the area throbs. If it were raining I wouldn't hesitate to take a zero, but the sun is shining for the first time in days and a number of my friends are heading out today. With so few miles left to cover, it's getting to the point that it is impossible to catch up to someone ahead. A number of people I don't really care for are in town and taking zeros, and I don't relish the idea of summiting Katahdin with them. I don't think one day of rest will help much, so I'm going to give it a shot. I am HUNGRY to finish! Wish me luck!
I assume this will be the last chance I have to communicate with you before finishing. I'm still enjoying myself, but I'm ready to put the finishing touches on this thing and be home. All of us are!
Thank you all for your support through your actions, messages, encouragements, and love! There is no way I would be where I am without you all!