[at-l] off trail, broke foot bone

Cody Girl codycodygirl at gmail.com
Sat Aug 6 20:51:22 CDT 2011

Aw heck Rockdancer, I'm sorry to hear this.  Sounds like you made good
decisions in a tough situation though, I remember Jug End going on and on
and on.  Took much longer than I expected, so going back was a good choice.

In spite of it you had a great hike and had a fine time!  How great is

Take care and heal well RD.
On Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 8:19 AM, RockDancer <rockdancer97 at comcast.net> wrote:

> Well it's not the way I wanted my hike to end. Last evening, around 5 pm,
> just a couple miles north of the MA CT stateline I heard the sound & then
> felt the pain of a bone snapping in my right foot. Rather than push N on the
> trail to Jug End I headed S to Guilder Pond where there are water containers
> set up for the hikers. I thought I'd meet another hiker with a cellphone, or
> perhaps have to camp at the water spot until the trail angel returned,
> perhaps on Saturday.
> I downed a bunch of ibuprofen and then slowly, very slowly, retraced the
> mile to the picnic area. Only one car in the lot and the man was just
> getting in, ready to leave. I shouted from the edge of the woods and he
> stopped to hear my story. Phil was great! We looked around in town for that
> trail angel thinking she might know some of the same hiker angels as me.
> Instead I gave a call to BascomGrillmaster and he looked up some ALDHA names
> for me.
> Did the ER, Henry & Carla LaFleur picked me up at the hospital & I was in
> bed before midnight.
> I have a clean break of the 5th metatarsal, it's not something I can put
> any weight on for 4-6 weeks. I have a splint, not a cast, so I can remove it
> for washing, etc. But I'm crutches for the forseeable future.
> So I managed just over 500 miles in 40 days on the trail. I'm quite proud
> of that and was having a lot of fun with this years hikers. Perhaps I can
> still see some of them in NH or ME if I can heal quickly enough to travel by
> car. Today I'm going to look for a way to get me & my pack back to Harpers
> Ferry. My car is there and I think I have a place to stay for a week or so.
> RockDancer (Arthur Gaudet)
> Rockdancer97 at comcast.net
> "The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true."
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