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  1. 2018 will NOT be a complete wash-out!

    In late June of this year, as the knee on which I had surgery done six years began to hurt in the exact way it hurt prior to that surgery, I feared that another round of surgery would all but ruin my chances for major miles this year. As my last hike -- one that was, by design, ridiculously short -- resulted in LESS pain in my knee, I decided to do some real (for me at least) hiking.

    Living in the Philly area means it takes over a day of driving to get to places I've haven't hiked ...

    Updated 08-11-2018 at 22:41 by GoldenBear

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  2. Glad it was NOT deja vu all over again!

    Six years ago I had a bit of an interruption to my hiking
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/ent...he-best-timing
    that, blessedly, did not end my dreams.
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/ent...-a-description
    Indeed, since that operation, I've done over 1000 miles on The Trail.

    It was thus with an EXTREME sense of "Oh no, not AGAIN!" that I felt a similar kind pain in that same knee last ...
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  3. More ultimate slackpacking

    My style of doing The Trail -- about which I have spoken several times -- inevitably leads to a few gaps in the miles I have hiked over. Specifically, I have missed about thirty miles of the A.T. just north of Damascus. Fortunately, my "Free Shuttle, With Benefits"
    http://tinyurl.com/Shuttle2017
    had a few days off during her university's fall semester break. Thus, we went down to that area for R&R, and completion of my miles.

    I can hardly call it backpacking ...

    Updated 10-13-2017 at 16:49 by GoldenBear (Better photo)

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  4. Soaring to heights of mediocrity!

    As my previous two blogs have noted, 2017 has been a year during which I've done much better than average (well, at least FOR ME) in terms of daily mileage. Either my use of trail runners, OR my walking up & down stairs during the winter, has allowed me to very noticeably increase the number of miles I can walk in a day. Having concluded that I am no longer restricted to ten miles a day, I decided to plan for a fifteen-mile hike. As always, you can scoff at this low-ball plan, but this was daring ...
  5. It's gotta be the shoes!

    My last blog made note of the fact that I made exceptionally good time (well, at least for ME) during the hike. Since this was my first hike of the year indeed, my first back-pack in almost 22 months I doubted it could have been my building up strength over the summer. So I had to wonder is there something causing me to gain speed in my hikes?
    An epiphany soon hit me, and my reaction was like the 1989 ad campaign
    http://images.jordansdaily.com/wp-co...es-t-shirt.jpg ...

    Updated 07-27-2017 at 19:31 by GoldenBear

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