The trail is currently 2192 miles, but over the years it’s changed length. For example, it was once 2180 miles. So the halfway point has shifted over the years.
Originally I planned to meet cousin Art at Greenbrier State Park on June 21st. However that would require me to slow down and make it hard/impossible to meet his brother Dave at Delaware Water Gap on July 5th. So instead I sped up to overshoot the park. But now I need to shuttle back to the park on Friday 6/21, take a zero on Saturday 6/22, and shuttle back on Sunday 6/23. However this sets me up to meet Dave on or around 7/5 at DWG.
Harpers Ferry is the home of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). I got my picture taken (#820), and had my information added (date started, name, trailname, home town, and email address) to their 2019 Album of hikers. In their hiker lounge I filled my water bottles, charged my battery, tossed my garbage, bought and drank four cans of Coca-Cola. When my battery was charged I left and went to get some ice cream but it was too early. So I headed out and got back on the trail.
Ignore the adhesive tape on the big toe which is to stop the nail from cutting into my sock. The big toe is fine. This morning I caught my foot in a root. Not just any root but one that bent my little toe out. It hurt like heck! Yesterday the nail on my little toe bumped against the inside of my shoe and made it very sore. Then today I jammed it on the root. This was early in the morning. However I had to get my miles done so I hiked 10 more miles this way. By the end every step was painful. Going up was not awful because my foot slid back toward the heel. But going down was bad. Each step I had to use my poles to break my forward momentum as my foot slid forward and applied pressure to that little ol’ pinkie. OUCH! This is the first time on trail that I took medicine (some Advil) to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling. Do you think I’ll lose the toe nail? I do and that’ll make number 3.
P.S. The next day I took Advil, a miracle drug, and was able to hike 18 miles with little discomfort. I’m amazed how a person’s body repairs itself. Especially one that is under such stress.
P.P.S. As of 6/18 I stopped taking Advil.