9/24/12 – 2138 miles
For two days now I have been resting at a place called White House Landing, located on the Pemadumcook Lake, 45 miles south of my final Appalachian Trail destination. For reason I can’t explain… well, maybe 2100 miles, my foot suddenly developed pain behind the toes, which became more and more sore as I continued my hike. Somewhere after descending White Cap Mt., I informed the Troverts and Kleenex that I was in trouble. I knew it would take a lot of pain to stop me – I had a lot of it then.

There is still plenty of time to finish my thruhike, Baxter State Park doesn’t close until Oct 15. The bittersweet ending will be that I will miss summiting with my friends. They want me to shuttle north and climb Katahdin with them, but I want more than anything for my journey to end on the Mountain and not some back road.

So my plan is to go on alone and finish this thing. I intend to go slow and easy on my foot, hoping it will get me there. I probably won’t have cell service from here to the end and I want to save what battery I have left, so you may not get any updates for a while. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it!

11 Responses to “Setback”

  1. Dick says:

    That’s a terrible thing to have happen so near the end. I sure hope you can push through. Is the rest helping any?

  2. Donna says:

    I’m so sorry you foot hurts and hope you get enough relief to finish your hike and then get it treated. I wonder if you have a Morton’s Neuroma, like I did. Hope you don’t have to have surgery. 🙁 Good luck Castaway!

  3. Comma-Kaze says:

    Oh no! You must be so frustrated. I am hoping and praying for you that a little rest will be the right “medicine” for you to continue and conquer those last few miles. I believe you WILL do it! Heal quickly, my friend. Katahdin awaits your arrival!

  4. Don says:

    I have faith you’ll get better so you can finish this thing.

  5. Karen says:

    You can do it!! Hang in there. Hope your foot feels better.

  6. Jen says:

    Be careful. We love you.

  7. Gma says:

    Like Donna, I thought of a neuroma. How I hope you can finish now, if only a few miles a day–just make it by Oct. 15.

  8. Daryl says:

    I imagine you’ll crawl the last few miles if you have to, but I hope you don’t have to. Good luck..

  9. chicken feathers says:

    Castaway what a hell of a thing to happen this close to the end. Maybe some rest will be the answer sure hope so. While I was out I heard of a guy from Denmark broke his ankle descending White Top.

  10. chicken feathers says:

    That should have been White Cap not White Top

  11. Lisa says:

    I hope your foot feels better! We are thinking about you.

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