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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 5

Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 5

Mike recently took a few days R&R to dry out and have a bit of respite! He took the opportunity of calling in to see how things are going and something he said has fixed itself in our minds:

“Often while I am walking I find myself thinking especially about the elderly in Zimbabwe and what they are suffering at the moment – cold winter weather and shortages of food and I think to myself ‘these could my parents or grandparents’ and it makes me redouble my efforts in the hope that what I am doing will raise awareness of the plight of these old people who, through no fault of their own, have been rendered destitute.

If my walk can raise even a small amount of money, I am completely satisfied that it will be used by ZANE to bring relief to those who so desperately need it.”

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Blog 5

It’s been a wet spring in the southern states. A historically wet spring. As I’ve been quipping recently, “April showers bring May showers … and June showers.”

When I was prepping for the hike, a friend who had through-hiked told me to plan for the rain – it rained the entire April of his hike. I nodded gravely while thinking “that’s not going to be on the test, I can disregard it.” Well it has been on the test, and I’m muddling through, with a C so far.

Apart from the obvious – damp, cold, low spirits – rain does strange things. Waterlogged socks and shoes buckle and sag in unusual places. For me, this leads to extra-achy feet, which I’ve taken to treating with a foam ball rolled underfoot. This has led to some awkward moments when approaching hikers can’t see my lower legs and it looks like I’m vigorously trying to squash something on the ground!

I learned early on that waterproof is a misnomer. Nothing stays dry forever and the longer clothing stays dry the more it creates a greenhouse effect, making your body sweat profusely. I could probably hatch seedlings under my raincoat on a strenuous climb!

The weather has cleared for the past couple days and I’m hoping for a cool dry summer. My anti-rain dance is nearly perfect; I’ve had a lot of practice.

While I march my soggy way ever northwards, I keep my thoughts on the many people in Zimbabwe who are struggling without proper shelter from the elements, without knowing where the next meal is coming from and I think of the amazing work ZANE is doing and that anyone reading this might take it into their mind to make a donation to this worthy cause.

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