You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in over a week. Unfortunately, I am off the trail at this time. I began feeling weak and fatigued shortly after leaving Damascus. I reached Atkins, VA and decided to contact a friend in Virginia and see if she could pick me up. I thought I might need a rest for a few days. A few days after leaving the trail I developed a severely swollen lymph node behind my right ear, and the fatigue and body aches got worse. The upshot is that I am being treated for Lyme Disease at this time. My hike is over for this year while I rest and recover. My hope is that we caught this early and that it will not have long term implications. I appreciate everyone’s support, both for myself and for Flagstaff Shelter Services. This has been an amazing experience and one I want to continue. My intention, at this time, is to continue to hike the Appalachian Trail in years to come, and to eventually complete it. I wish everyone the best.