hi everyone. well, unfortunatly i'm back. i had planned on a thru hike but things just didn't pan out that way. i started on the approach trail to springer on the 15th of feb. my plan was to thru hike straight on to maine. well instead i wound up getting a realitly check of my own mortality.lol. starting out the first week was great. i was able to get above the cloud line on sassafras mtn which was covered in ice. i was able to meet alot of interesting people including having to honor to hike a day with EZ1 an 82 year old on his 6th thru hike(really nice guy). just in the first week i was amazed at some of the things i saw and things i was able to experience.i was soooooo ready for more. but very sharply that came to an end. while coming down in to unicoi gap(1000ft decent within a mile) i noticed some knee pain. it wasnt that bad so i went on thinking it would go away. made it past dicks creek gap,got about 4 miles to the NC-GA line and just couldn't go any further. thinking i just needed some rest i backtracked and hitchhiked back to the hostle at neels gap thinking well maybe if i just stay off of it for a few days it'll get better. well after a few days it wasn't better and so i decided in order to save a little money i'd come back home for about a week or two just to get some rest in hopes that the pain in my knees would go away and i could start the trail again. well finally i get the nurve to go get it checked. i'm glad i did but i hated hearing what they had to tell me. come to find out the pain i have been having is from a torn ligament in both knees right under the knee cap. they still have to do an MRI but more than likely will have to do surgery on both. so i am very sad to say i wil not be returning to the trail this year. to those planning a thru hike this year, may you have a safe and enlightening journey.
i'll be back for more