Hello, it is Monday, July 29th; it’s about four o’clock in the afternoon. I’m actually hiking right now. Thought I would change it up. [this entry is voicemail] And … I’ve been hiking in the green tunnel pretty much all day Haven’t seen very much sunlight. It is really ridgy [midgy? muggy?]. And I’m almost at twenty miles for the day, which is pretty good, considering I had horrible ankle pain this morning that I thought was going to really slow me down today. But I taped it in the best ways I knew how. Even though I didn’t really know what was wrong. But it was the top of my ankle and it hurt every time I flexed the foot up. And the tape and three ibuprofen this morning seemed to help and do wonders and get me to here pretty much without pain!
Halleluah! It was pretty bad this morning, probably due to me trying to do thirty miles yesterday really fast, too fast. So I’m pretty happy that I’m walking pretty fine right now. I was getting a little scared And thankfully I’m close to Shasta. I’m pretty much only twenty miles from Shasta, Mt Shasta, so if it’s pretty bad tomorrow I can take a day off and rest it.
Yeah, I have been by myself most of the day. Beevo and Sharky, an older couple I camped with last night, are just ahead of me and are really nice. And I haven’t seen anybody else. I guess I’m way past the group I was with yesterday. Yeah, it’s going pretty good; I took an hour and forty five minute lunch break. I fell asleep, which I think I needed because I didn’t sleep very well last night.
The best news today is I doctored my foot myself, without even knowing what was wrong! So I felt pretty good about that. Thank goodness for duct tape and ibuprofen. So (yawn) I’ll get to camp around seven. I don’t know how many miles I’ll do today. Not thirty, ever again, don’t really need to anyway. So that’s about it. I will talk more tonight. [end voicemail]
[that night, typing on cell phone] Sitting, well laying down in my tent, just relaxing. Today was not the best day in terms of Physical comfort. As a result of yesterday’s quick miles (nearly 30!) I suffered from some ankle tendon pain (I think) all I know is within minutes of hiking this am I was in a whole lot of pain and couldn’t move my foot up and down without lots of pain around the ankle and top of fooot up my shin 😦 so I hobbled the first 6 miles almost in tears. I caught up to beevo and sharkey at the first crossing of mccloud river and they suggested I tape it up and load up on ibuprofen to make it to town. So I did both. I taped My foot with duck tape in the only way that I knew how praying it would help. I had to make it to mt Shasta where I could at least rest it or go to a doctor if necessary. So within a couple hours, my foot was feeling much better. I couldn’t believe it really. My tape job actually worked??! I could walk pretty well although still putting more weight on the good foot. It took me more than I thought- 21 miles! Without excruciating pain 🙂 the other things that I got annoyed with today included being on my period and developing some female area chafe 😦 very uncomfortable! Also lots of little gnats flying around my face (it was muggy) and I walked through a green tunnel all day. No views and no cell service 😦 I am tired tonight. I will sleep better since I’m not slanted tonight although I’m in a weird
Saddle where a big forest service rd intersects the trail. There luckily was a campsite in the island of pine trees in the middle of the saddle. No one elseAround. Very tired. Goodnight!
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