Zealand Falls Hut-Crawford Notch. 1844.4 done/345.4 to go. 84.22% done. June 28, 2017. 

Only 8 miles today. Very challenging. Here’s the only picture I took this morning. This is looking almost straight up. 

At the end of this I’ll post some pictures I think I’ve missed because of no cell service. 

A chain of events have landed me in the town of North Conway New Hampshire. Originally I was going to be going to the AMC Highland Center just off trail. My new shoes were being delivered there. I was going to spend the night and be back on the trail tomorrow morning. 

Yesterday while I was summiting one of the mountains a hiker behind me said ” Hey, what’s that red mark on the back of your leg.” I looked and it was the round red ring with a bullseye right behind my knee typical of either a spider or tick bite. 

Then it hit me. The pain behind my knee I thought was tendinitis. The headaches I was having the last couple of days. I need to get checked for Lyme Disease. Deer ticks are so small they are almost impossible to detect. I’ve had a few larger ticks on my that I found before they became imbedded. I have not seen any deer ticks. 

So I decided I was going to hike today to the highway and hitch to the place to get my shoes and then figure out how I was going to get to town to the clinic. 

So it was eight miles to get to the highway. I hiked the first six miles with Lymes heavy on my mind. When I got to two miles left I met a man who volunteers doing trail maintenance. He’s done the AT among many other interesting things. We talked for a while when he found out I was going to town and why, he offered to hike to the trailhead and take me first to pick up my shoes and take me to town. His trail name is Slowski. 

On our way down to the trailhead I slipped on a wet log and went down hard ultimately hitting my mouth on a rock. I came out of it with two fat, cut up lips, a broken front tooth and a bloody nose. 

Now I have to go to the doctor AND dentist. Crap!

Slowski and I went and picked up my shoes and then he dropped me off at the clinic. What a great guy. True trail magic. THANKS SLOWSKI!!!

So, long story short. I have an appointment tomorrow with the dentist, I have Lymes Disease and Brooks sent me the wrong shoes. 

The good news is that the Lymes is taken care of with antibiotics. The shoes I’m getting for free because even being overnighted they won’t get here until Friday and cost me another night in a motel. The $130 shoes more than covers the extra $94 for the room. The bad thing is I will be back on the trail a day later. Maybe the break will be good for my legs. 

I was nervous about calling Amy. She does not fully endorse everything I do as being intelligent. She’s right, sometimes I’m a little out there. If I were on FaceTime I’d probably see her shaking her finger at me. I can’t wait to get home. I owe Amy so much. 

8 thoughts on “Zealand Falls Hut-Crawford Notch. 1844.4 done/345.4 to go. 84.22% done. June 28, 2017. 

  1. Thanks for the laugh this morning Mike. We all have our priorities and your decisions are sound. Shawn maybe the crazy one in our family but the support is what matters. Keep going and finish strong Mike!

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  2. Mike, Mary and myself have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to your posts each and every day to see how the day has gone for you. Needless to say today seemed very challenging but I know that with your strength and perseverance you will press on to the finish line. Best of luck the rest of the way and when the going gets really hard just remember, we don’t have to turn in inventory any more!

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  3. I remember the day years ago when you completed your first 50 miler, and you said you were done running. I did not believe you then, and I don’t believe you now. Keep going and good luck!

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  4. I remember the day years ago when you completed your first 50 miler. You said you were done running. I did not believe you then, and I don’t believe you now. Keep going and good luck! We are all with you in spirit.

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  5. Bummer about the Lyme Disease but now you know and can get it under control. Double bummer about the teeth but on the bright side a day of rest will do you good. Your pictures show how hard the trail is. A positive attitude and going slow is a good plan.

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