Being off trail is not easy!

December 18, 2017

While being on trail was difficult with all the obstacles to trip and fall over, being off trail is not easy either. I had an accident on this morning’s run. As I was running I could see Jim approaching in his truck on his way to work, as I moved to the side of the road as he got closer I stepped in a hole where the pavement had broken off and went down. It was a nasty fall! I managed to shave the skin of my left hand in two spots and scrap up my left knee pretty good. Plus Jim had to witness it. He said it was heart wrenching to see, but he picked me up and got me home.

It has been almost 10 weeks since I completed my thru hike and I have recovered well. Minus my accident this morning. My feet and knees are much better. They are not 100 percent, but they don’t cause me any pain. I am back to my regular walking and running routine.

It took me about 4 weeks to gain back the few pounds I lost on the trail. My eating habits are not as good as before the trail but I am working on getting back to my previous routine. I was gluten free by choice and am trying to get back into that and cut back on the sugar. Sugar is a huge challenge for me. I love chocolate and ice cream!

The recognition and congratulations I’ve gotten from friends and family on finishing the trail have been amazing. The link below is from a local newspaper. I was the cover story!

I would like to say thank you to all those who helped me along the way. I am very grateful for all the support.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Little Bear Stumbles

7 thoughts on “Being off trail is not easy!

  1. Thanks for the update. I have been wondering how you have been doing. Those look like some nasty wounds! I hope they heal quickly. I’m happy to hear your knees and feet are bouncing back.

    Congrats on making the Newspaper. That’s awesome!

    I hope you and Jim have a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year!

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  2. So sorry to hear of your recent accident! It was fun to be with you when I came up to Palm Coast, and I thank you for your generous hospitality. May you heal quickly, and may you thoroughly enjoy your Christmas!

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  3. Ouch! That must have really hurt! Crazy, isn’t it, that this happened right at home, not during your 6 month forray into the wilderness.

    I loved the article. I’m so glad it was written. You accomplished a huge thing, and it may inspire others to get up off their sofas.

    Have a great 2018!

    Chocoholic (forever happily addicted to dark chocolate!)

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      1. That would be awesome! At this point, the plan is that I’ll head south from Woods Hole Hostel (south of Peairisburg) around April 22. Bill will be with me 5 days or so. Then I’m on my own and would welcome company. I’m limiting myself to 8-12 mile days at least the first 3 weeks if not longer. No tendinitis this year!!!!

        I’ll let you know when I have more of a plan, probably in late February. We’re going down to the Patagonia wilderness area in South America 3 weeks from now for some hiking with a Sierra Club group. Can’t wait to see the beauty of those mountains.

        Happy New Year!


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