Day 32: That Was a Pain

Started: Eagles Roost (390.2)

Ended: Sulphur Springs (406.6)

Total: 16.4 miles

Achievements: 400 Miles

I woke up in the middle of the night with a very sore leg. I took some Vitamin-I and the pain subsided enough that I could sleep. This was disconcerting.

We had agreed the night before that we were going to get up when we woke up, as opposed to a set time. Compared to what we did yesterday the trail was fairly straight and it should be a good day to put up some miles. However, my right leg was going to protest the entire way, and everyone was tired from yesterday.

We reached the 400 mile marker at lunchtime. It is hard to believe that we walked 400 miles in 32 days, but we have.

I had taken ibuprofen in the morning, but I wanted to see how much it actually hurt. By three o’clock it wore off, and the pain in my shin was pretty severe, but I wanted to see if wrapping it would work just as well as taking medication. Although wrapping it did reduce the pain somewhat, it will be necessary to continue to take vitamin-I. I do consider myself very fortunate that only now do I have any pain. Thru-hiking is a sport about pain management. You’re going to get hurt, and you just going to have to walk it off.

Despite all that, I still hiked a 16 mile day. I will be able to take a zero in a couple of days. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.

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