Today I did another five miles with a pack of twenty three and a half pounds…the first ten minutes are tough but after that I am fine. I am thinking that sitting down during the hike is better than taking off the pack. Once you take off the pack it is the whole transition of wearing the weight again. A few times I felt a tweak in my right knee…just like I stepped wrong or something…note to self don’t step like that…it might be limiting. I went a different route today part of the time off the loop road and on the kebo brook trail I liked it. I also had a little balance issue while taking a photo and almost fell over backwards…but don’t be worried I caught my fall with my elbow on a nice soft granite rock…ouchy. Well next trip be sure to take band aides and bandages possibly…glad I had my trusty bandanna to stop the bleeding. It is a little swollen but I will survive and I am sure it is the first but not the last of injuries. Today I was thinking of in the book of Matthew when Jesus talks about your burdens and the pack is feeling like a burden and wowee when I take it off it feels great….cast your burdens on Jesus he cares for you! I ordered my tent and my pack last night and felt like a little kid on Christmas morning…..oh I am so giddy and can’t wait to hit the trail. God Bless and again tighten up those sneakers and get on the trail!