March 12, later
I started crying thinking about going back to the trail. I want to finish, but it’s physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting. I think my MS is flaring up. I can’t do this anymore. I can go home, rest, and come back as a section hiker. I might do that.
I’m going to go home tomorrow, and see all my doctors before I think about coming back.
I really don’t want to quit, but I feel that if I keep pushing forward I’ll do serious damage to myself. And I’m worried about the change in my vision and what that could mean. I do want to hike the whole Appalachian Trail, but not at the expense of my health.
Thanks to everyone who followed along, and I will update this blog again when I continue my section hikes of the AT, but this portion will end at mile 78.3, Bly Gap, NC.
After sleeping on it, and talking to another outfitter about my feet, I’m still going home tomorrow, and I’m going to rest for a week or two, but then I’ll come back and do more. I plan on speaking with my neurologist and my podiatrist while home, too.
Also: I ran into Mama Bear and Little Foot while I was at the outfitter, and Dead Guy Ale made it down from Bly Gap alright. (He was the other hiker who was going down with us, but he still had to take down his tent and whatnot while we were leaving.) And apparently Boots went on ahead, and should be around Winding Stair Gap today.