Thank you to everyone who has been following our journey. Our week has been great — hiking through the woods is beautiful, and Ted and I made friends with many fellow hikers. We encountered a thunderstorm and got soaked one day; one night it was chilly so we zipped up our sleeping bags and kept warm. The trails in Vermont are sometimes wet and muddy, so I have to be careful to keep from losing my balance and falling. I knew Ted was leaving the trail today to participate in a Tough Mudder this weekend (because hiking the AT isn’t challenging enough!), and I looked forward to our friends Didier Collin de Casaubon and his son Matthieu joining me. However, I felt fatigued and unsteady yesterday, and was worried because we were planning a long hike to the Bromley Shelter today. My left leg felt especially weak this morning, and when my wife, Eileen, brought Didier and Matthieu to meet us at a parking lot off the AT early this afternoon, I decided to go home for a few days and rest up so I could rejoin the group ready to hike again. ALS is affecting my strength, and I must thank my colleagues for lightening my pack. With a smaller and lighter pack, I think I can keep hiking the AT. Like today, I expect to have to take a break every so often, but friends and neighbors have offered their houses near the trail to give me a break without driving all the way back to Boston.
I am proud of Didier and Matthieu, because they hiked on without me and made it to Bromley Shelter this evening. I look forward to rejoining them in a few days. I have always enjoyed hiking the Green Mountains, White Mountains, and Baxter State Park, and again I will do the best I can. I will undoubtedly have to skip sections of the Appalachian Trail, but I hope to hike as far as I can. Stay tuned to this blog.