It's that time again.
Sling Shot is now the leader of the pack. Each is doing their own thing and (I hope) enjoying their hike. This isn't a race and I'm happy to see that each of the hikers are taking the time (and the zeros) to visit with the special people in their life.
Clifford: Just moved into New York. A thunder storm took out his phone a while back, so his updates became sporadic for a while.
|Five more states to enter|
|Tired Dog or Dog Tired|
Scoops and Iceberg: Still off trail. Life continues to keep them in Delaware, but they still have hopes and plans to return to the trail. Here is our exchange on Iceberg's facebook page when I inquired about their plans:
Me: So, How are things going with the house? Is the trail still calling?
Iceberg: Well Joe, that's a loaded question. The trail is definitely still calling but at this point I'm wondering if its time to give up hope to thru. The house is still not finished but is getting closer to the point where we could leave and finish later with (most) basic services in working order for my kids living there. A cortisone shot to my shoulder last week helped a lot, but not completely (although it did wonders for my knees which were STILL barking) so I have an MRI scheduled for this week. Then, a few days ago Scoops dropped a chunk of concrete on his foot which is now bruised and tender. I am beginning to wonder if all these obstacles are being placed for a reason because OMG enough already! Sadly we've lost most of our trail conditioning so physically we'll be starting from scratch again. But I'm still hopeful we can get back ... but the question remains WHEN?
Me: Thanks for the update. There are many ways to hike the trail. A Thru is NOT the only way to hike the trail. If you can, get out for a month or so or even a few weeks. The trail will always be here. Take care and keep on dreaming of getting back to the trail.
Justin: This will be the last picture of Justin on this site of him not hiking. His start day approaches. Justin was able to attend Clifford's graduation late last month. Soon he will be hiking.
|Clifford and Justin|