Appalachian Trail Happiness: MA, CT & A Big Decision

Appalachian Trail Happiness: MA, CT & A Big Decision

trail 3So, we have choice, and sometimes it seems very hard, but the best way to heal physically or emotionally is to keep positive. ~ Petra Nemcova

So my plan was to head south from where I had wrapped up in Massachusetts for a week or so, then celebrate my friends birthday in New York City before heading up to Bennington and heading north on the trial.  The trip started as planned, with one small hitch, one of my new knee braces had started to cut into the back of my knee.  I thought it was just a glitch as I had tested them on the trail for a week in Vermont.

trail 1Unfortunately, there had not been any long climbs and as I was starting some climby days in Mass, the braces on both legs starting cutting into my knees.  Things came to a head the day I did Mt. Everett and Bear Mt.  A combination of my cuts, the pressure on my knees sans heavy braces, massive humidity (I drank 194 ounces of water that day), heat rashes and bugs kind of broke me.  Having been off the trail for three weeks had also done a hell of a number on my fitness level.

The really heavy realization set in that given my circumstances, I would not be able to complete the bigger stuff in NH and ME, my knees, without better bracing won’t handle it.  The realization hit hard, but I was prepared for it, the writing had been on the wall for some time.  It was still hard.

I was pushing south partially in hopes of meeting up with other hikers I know and in fact that was happening like it had when I was slacking south.  I had two especially good meetings, first a Twitter friend:

psych hikesThen a friend of a friend and her really cool little dog.

salixThe trip south through MA and CT was beautiful, particularly Sages Ravine on the border

sages ravine 1 fix sages ravine 2 fixand Brassie Brook Shelter

Brassie Brook Shelter

Brassie Brook Shelter

brassie brk strm fixThere were lots of hump back whale rocks.

humpback rock

And lots of sheer rock faces, a couple of which were particularly gnarly.

trails 2

And some really great views.

pan 1 ma fixAnd as always, some really cool mushrooms

shroomsMy new plans are to finish out about 400 miles between Harpers Ferry and the NY border, this will give me about 1200 miles total.  This week I’m heading north to day hike in NH and ME before returning to the trail full-time next week.  This will also give me miles in every state on the trail.  I’m doing well and having happy days my friends, I hope you are as well ~ Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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