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Day 29 - October 29, 2005
Well, bad news. When I was inspecting my feet Tuesday night, I noticed that my left foot had swelled a bit, was so red even a color blind person could see it; and I had a red streak going up my foot and ankle beginning at my two left toes. It was about midnight when I checked into the hospital. They did blood work on the spot, found that the infection had not permeated the blood stream, and the x-rays showed my bones were infection-free as well. That's the good news. The bad news is I'm going to be laid up for a while. On closer inspection, doctors found I had three ulcers on my number 5 and 4 left toes and two on my right number 3 and 4 toes. Toes are numbered from small to big . . . small being 5, big being 1 (aka the great toe).

I was released from the hospital on Wednesday and am recovering. Two of the five ulcers have disappeared completely, two are recovering and the big one on number 5 left is still messing with me. The streak is gone and the swelling is only evident around that little toe. But until the little toe recovers, I'm stuck a few miles south of the Georgia border.

More good news though, Mark and Emily are letting me stay with them as long as it takes. I'm going to move to 4E width shoes from New Balance and I have to have some orthodic sole inserts made for my feet to hopefully prevent this from happening again. I'm hoping to be back on the road full-time by Saturday, November 5th. I'll be putting in some miles next week in between therapy sessions. When I put in my next full day, I hope to be about ten miles north of Brunswick, Georgia. Somewhere in between Brunswick and Savannah, I'll be hooking up with Kelly Roper and Jeff Brady's family. Another Alaska reunion. Owooooooooooooooooooooh!

This little episode will put me behind schedule. When I get back in the swing of things, I'll be about two weeks behind. Hopefully, I can make it up along the trail. In the meantime, I'm losing my tan and the weather is getting better and better for trekking. Highs now in the low 70's and morning lows in the 50's. Hooray! I miss Skagway, my dog and howling at the moon.

Go Broncos!

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