Dear Herm’s Hikers,
NEWS BULLETIN!!!!! SON-DANCE HAS FALLEN (but he can and did get up). STAY TUNED FOR THE LATEST DETAILS!
I am sorry to report that I have been TEMPORARILY forced off the trail due to a mild knee injury (At least I hope so.). I will be returning home (Parkton, MD) for a couple a weeks to recover and rehabiliate.
The injury occurred while climbing down the backside of mountain in southern Vermont. I simply slipped on the wet rocks and twisted my knee undeneath the weight of my body and my backpack as I fell forward. At first, I thought I had escaped with only a few scrapes and bruises, but walking became more painful as I continued down the mountain. You learn to live with a lot of pain (I already had a mild case of tendinitis on that knee.) on the AT but something did not feel right so I went into town to see a doctor.
The initial diagnosis was medial and/or lateral ligament sprain of the knee. There do not appear to be any tears in the ligament(s). At this point in time, the best rehabilitation is rest for the knee.
Fortunately, I was not more seriously injured. I truly believe my hiking angels were at my side and helped to break my fall. As you know, the mountains were getting higher and steeper in Vermont and the rain more frequent, a dangerous and hazardous combination in mountain hiking. Serious injury is always a step away, and your net step could be your last step.
Hopefully, I have many more steps on the trail to take me to Mount Katahdin. This is not the end of Herm’s Hike but only a timeout. Please continue to check my website for updates on my status. Please continue to spread the word about the hike. And above all, PLEASE REMEMBER, WE ARE STILL TAKING DONATIONS. There is still a ways to go before Katahdin and still a ways before meeting our fundraising goal.
Please continue to check my website for updates on my hiking status. And most important, keep me in your prayers. Hike in peace and hike with your angels!