Journal 67-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Tuesday–April 27, 2021
Trail Day–067
Trail Mile–7.0/701.3
Location–Laughing Heart Hostel, Hot Springs, AT Mile 274.4


A real struggle today. My energy level is in the tank. I’m suffering some kind of intestinal bug. That unwanted instant announcement: YOU GOTTA GO BUDDY! But you don’t get there in time–know what I mean? Durwin helps clean me up. True friend; thanks Durwin!

The final pull up and over Deer Park Mountain (before the descent to Hot Springs), didn’t think I’d make it.

So relieved to be in. Laughing Heart, just a really fine hostel. Caboose welcomes me. He’s prepared a room anticipating my arrival. Hot shower first thing. Durwin launders my soiled, smelly clothes.

Jimmy and Walt come early afternoon to provide support for the next number of days. I’m invited out to supper with them, but there’s just no way. I do manage to hit the sack and drop into extended deep sleep.

Not the finest day on the trail…


 This too shall pass.
(Persian Proverb)

5 Comments on “Journal 67-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

  1. It was so amazing having you here! It was great repaying the kindness you showed me at Flagg Mountain on my Pinhoti hike.


  2. I feel you. It has happened to me while soloing – no good friend to help out and commiserate. Don’t let this stop you – you have to keep inspiring us. An Old Fart from the Bruce Trail.


  3. Take it easy. Stay hydrated for sure. Electrolytes are important.


  4. These days are needed to truly appreciate the good days😀


  5. Poor thing. sorry about the intestinal bug. Glad you have others to watch out for you.


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