I woke up late feeling a little bit better, but still pretty weak. I limped out of town a little late and hiked past all of the historic John Brown historical sites. Imbedded in all of the John Brown sites is the headquarters for the AT Conservancy. I checked in, got registered, numbered and got my mug shot. Over 3700 people started the trail and I am the 1168th to register at the half way point.
I then hiked across the Potomac River into Maryland. I hiked for awhile with a Swiss guy named illegal who told me that he and all the Germans on the trail were there because of a documentary that had just been aired in Europe the previous year. I was wondering about that. The hiking was pretty easy by AT standards which was very lucky for me in my condition. I took it easy and enjoyed almost perfect weather. Towards the end I crossed into a park that was part of the Antietam battlefield. It was very cool to hike through the staging areas of the battle.
I got to a shelter pretty early and settled in. Hopefully my energy level will improve as the meds rout my little parasite friends. My girlfriend Becky is coming Thursday to hike for a day and then we’ll spend some zeros in DC for the fourth. I can’t wait to see her and enjoy some zeros in a row. Everyone please remind her that intestinal parasites are not contagious. Maybe I should have kept my condition to my self. Happy trails.