Superior Hiking Trail is now up to 245 miles plus another 40 miles from
Jay Cooke State Park through Duluth. About another 20 miles is needed
to connect the two sections, plus another 5 that needs to be built to
connect to the Wisconsin border. I've recently found out that I have
Morton's Neuroma, a thickening of the nerve between two toes. Its
prevented me from hiking more than about 50 miles before I can't stand
the pain anymore. Then it takes 2 weeks before it stops hurting. I hope
to have that fixed soon, even if it means removing the nerve. I'm
looking forward to getting out and doing some long hikes again. In the meantime if you're interested in hiking the Superior Hiking Trail think
about joining the Yahoo Groups site Hiker.
You can find answers to your questions concerning the trail there.
If you're intested in hiking in the Sierras you should consider
joining the John Muir Trail
group. When joining either of these links make sure to state
something about you're interest in that particular trail or you might
not get accepted. This is done to prevent people spamming the group.
If all you say is that a friend referred you to the group its
unlikely that you'll be accepted.
above picture was taken Sept 2010 while helping put in the new Sucker
River Bridge for the Superior Hiking Trail. After completion of the
next section of trial in 2011 this part of the trail will become a spur
If you're looking for something to do with your free time
how about volunteering to work on trails? The American
Hiking Society has a list of volunteer construction projects
in the United States.
Got Plantar Fasciitis and worried
that it might cause a problem while backpacking? Personal Experience
tells me that you don't need to worry, and that it could be the
best thing you could do for it. On my hike to Pictured Rocks
National Seashore I met some people from an Ohio hiking club.
One of them told me that on the 3rd day out at Isle Royal National
Park that his Plantar Fasciitis stopped hurting much. On the
fourth day of my hike I realized that my Plantar Fasciitis wasn't
bothering me much either, and while it hasn't gone away since
then, its much better than it had been. Recently I found that
my shoes were part of the problem. They were worn a bit on the
outside of the heal. Just a bit was enough.
More on Plantar Fasciitis - I recently
pulled some old shoes out and after a few days my Plantar Faciitis
started bothering me again. It turns out the heal was worn slightly
on one side. I went through all my shoes and got rid of the old
ones. I haven't had a problem since.