Hi friends -
Here's the latest:
I visited with my GP last week with good results. My doctor is so pleased with my physical condition and lab results that he has taken me off all regular meds. My numbers are all normal and my weight loss is stable at minus 25 pounds. He says I have the physical shape of a 45 year old. Not bad for 60, right? Except for my feet that is.
I met with my podiatrist yesterday and he agrees that surgery is the final solution to the bone protrusions on the backs of my heels. But, he won't do them both on the same day. First the right foot, followed by 3 weeks immobile and 3 weeks in a boot, followed by physical therapy. Once the 6 weeks have past, we will do the left foot, followed by the same 3/3/PT pattern. This will get it all done by the end of the year and let me have 5 full months to get back into shape for the second 1,000 miles of the AT starting in May.
We haven't set the date yet but it will be in two or three weeks. In the meantime I have a short window to do some more traveling and visiting family and friends before I am down for a while. The good news with being laid up is the chance to do some photo editing and posting my pictures and videos of the trail on the blog. That will keep me busy for a while. Then there's my book - a civil war ghost story - that I have started a dozen times before. Maybe I can get it out of my head and onto the computer.
Have you seen the movie "The Way" with Martin Sheen? It's about the Camino de Santiago that goes from France to near the coast of northern Spain. It's on my list of things to do in 2014. Anybody want to join me? It's easier and shorter than the AT and an inexpensive way to see Europe. Check it out - I would welcome the company if anyone is seriously interested.
That's it for now - time to hit the road for Knoxville.
(Six-Six on the AT)