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Hiking Plans for 2020

    • jimmyjam wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      jimmyjam wrote:

      Due to the pandemic, the nice people at Joe Dodge Lodge have extended my credit from 2019 to 2021! So I'm going to hopefully work things out to where I get up to Pinkham Notch before mid July next year and knock out some more trail. I'm leaning towards the Grand Canyon for October if this virus calms down. In the meantime I gotta have my gallbladder removed- bilinary dysknesnia yep it's not spelled right- but the old gallbladder is dysfunctional and causing me random pain and I'm told this is the only solution and I won't miss it. Going to be operated on by a robot in a week or two, y'all keep your fingers crossed and keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
      I will be praying for you, but I also recommend you let them use anesthesia this time. :)
      Hahahaha oh yeah I'm going under for this one. I think he goes thru the bellybutton and leaves no scar, that's what his video shows when a local TV channel interviewed him. He's been doing this for 17 years so I have confidence in him.
      Keep us updated...
      Lost in the right direction.
    • jimmyjam wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      jimmyjam wrote:

      Due to the pandemic, the nice people at Joe Dodge Lodge have extended my credit from 2019 to 2021! So I'm going to hopefully work things out to where I get up to Pinkham Notch before mid July next year and knock out some more trail. I'm leaning towards the Grand Canyon for October if this virus calms down. In the meantime I gotta have my gallbladder removed- bilinary dysknesnia yep it's not spelled right- but the old gallbladder is dysfunctional and causing me random pain and I'm told this is the only solution and I won't miss it. Going to be operated on by a robot in a week or two, y'all keep your fingers crossed and keep me in your thoughts athend prayers.
      I will be praying for you, but I also recommend you let them use anesthesia this time. :)
      Hahahaha oh yeah I'm going under for this one. I think he goes thru the bellybutton and leaves no scar, that's what his video shows when a local TV channel interviewed him. He's been doing this for 17 years so I have confidence in him.
      Rest assured that the folks who design and manufacture the cool medical devices that get inserted through your bellybutton have your good health in mind. It's what we do!
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Max Patch to Franconia Notch NH and the Gale River Trail to Pinkham Notch NH.
    • jimmyjam wrote:

      I wonder how many people can say they've had a robot in their body thru their bellybutton? On the plus side, no new scar!
      Just wait. The future of robotic surgery is going to change rapidly in the next couple of years. Every orifice will be an option for incision-free surgery.

      Best of luck with a successful outcome!
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Max Patch to Franconia Notch NH and the Gale River Trail to Pinkham Notch NH.
    • My next hike is going to be Standing Indian loop and it’s coming up very soon. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time!

      But I googled driving distance today and it’s the same driving time as going to Table Rock on the Foothills Trail.

      So then I start thinking that maybe I should go back to the FHT and finish the last 12 miles. It would be very satisfying to finish but I don’t know, it would be more fun with cooler temps...

      Tough decisions! :)
      Lost in the right direction.
    • Traffic Jam wrote:

      My next hike is going to be Standing Indian loop and it’s coming up very soon. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time!

      But I googled driving distance today and it’s the same driving time as going to Table Rock on the Foothills Trail.

      So then I start thinking that maybe I should go back to the FHT and finish the last 12 miles. It would be very satisfying to finish but I don’t know, it would be more fun with cooler temps...

      Tough decisions! :)
      I drove by a sign for Standing Indian today. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Y’all probably don’t remember, but my first solo overnight attempt was on the FHT and it was a disaster.

      I was so afraid to camp by myself that I did something very risky...I hitchhiked and accepted a ride with 2 very sketchy men. I was so freaked out about camping alone that I lost all sense of judgment! I remember the feeling like it was yesterday of staring at that campsite and trying to make myself set up my tent...i just couldn’t do it so I walked out to the road and caught a ride back to my car.

      At the time, I couldn’t imagine ever hiking the entire FHT, yet here I am. The majority of the credit goes to you guys and the support, advice, and encouragement y’all have given me through the years. Thank you!
      Lost in the right direction.
    • Traffic Jam wrote:

      My next hike is going to be Standing Indian loop and it’s coming up very soon. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time!

      But I googled driving distance today and it’s the same driving time as going to Table Rock on the Foothills Trail.

      So then I start thinking that maybe I should go back to the FHT and finish the last 12 miles. It would be very satisfying to finish but I don’t know, it would be more fun with cooler temps...

      Tough decisions! :)
      If it's really hot when you go, maybe do the shortest one to minimize the pain? The Standing Indian loop is close to twice as long as what you have left to do on the FHT.
      2,000 miler
    • My daughter sent me this picture in a text last evening.

      Looks like she was able to do a weekend trip to Roan Mountain. :thumbup:
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      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Max Patch to Franconia Notch NH and the Gale River Trail to Pinkham Notch NH.
    • max.patch wrote:

      StalkingTortoise wrote:

      My daughter sent me this picture in a text last evening.

      Looks like she was able to do a weekend trip to Roan Mountain. :thumbup:
      She (probably) hit peak weekend for the rhododendruns.
      The annual festival (the 3rd weekend in June) was cancelled this year becasue of you know why.
      I'm patiently waiting for pictures. She parked at Mt. Harbour and got shuttled to Hughes Gap. Hiked up & over Roan and camped on Grassy Ridge on Day 1. Crossed the Humps and camped at Doll Flats on Day 2. Quick hike down to Mt. Harbour on Day 3 then 4 hours back to Raleigh.

      This trip was really a Father's Day gift to me. I instilled a love of hiking and camping my daughter, showed her a beautiful section of the AT, and get to live vicariously through her trips.

      Her pose at McAfee Knob:
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Max Patch to Franconia Notch NH and the Gale River Trail to Pinkham Notch NH.
    • jimmyjam wrote:

      I wonder how many people can say they've had a robot in their body thru their bellybutton? On the plus side, no new scar!
      Well I misunderstood. In thru bellybutton plus 3 other small cuts. Davinici robot. I'm home now, sore and in pain and flying around the living room at 40,000 feet. Everything went well.
      "Dazed and Confused"
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    • jimmyjam wrote:

      jimmyjam wrote:

      I wonder how many people can say they've had a robot in their body thru their bellybutton? On the plus side, no new scar!
      Well I misunderstood. In thru bellybutton plus 3 other small cuts. Davinici robot. I'm home now, sore and in pain and flying around the living room at 40,000 feet. Everything went well.
      Glad everything went well, and here is to quick recovery, :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • jimmyjam wrote:

      jimmyjam wrote:

      I wonder how many people can say they've had a robot in their body thru their bellybutton? On the plus side, no new scar!
      Well I misunderstood. In thru bellybutton plus 3 other small cuts. Davinici robot. I'm home now, sore and in pain and flying around the living room at 40,000 feet. Everything went well.
      LOL pain pills taken with bourbon will do that to ya. Glad it went well.
      2,000 miler