After my proud entry in to Arizona I am now discovering that this walk is not all peaches and cream – well, I knew that, but still.
I got my period, and I know it is a bit TMI, but unfortunately for me, that time is exceedingly painful both physically and emotionally, and I bleed like a stuck pig for a few days. It actually amounts to significant blood loss, and I have to be just a little careful what I ask of myself for the first 3-4 days. Due to my hormonal imbalances the periods are extreme, but thankfully infrequent. As I lose more weight it should become more “normal” again.
Then google maps led me down some pathways that were soft sand, and I had to back track about 3 miles to get back on a real road. But the real challenge is the mountains now straight ahead of me. Up, Up, Up and across, and it is non-stop uphill. At least in the CA hills I got a break every few hours to walk back down a ways again, not here.
I am not sure if it is due to my period or some other reason, but I have started to lose my breath climbing these hills, my muscles are fine and not at all sore, but my breathing gets very labored. I know I am not yet up so high that it is altitude so I don’t quite get it. Hopefully I get it back fairly soon and it is just the fatigue and blood loss associated with this time of month for me.
The upshot here, of course, is that I have only walked 4-5 miles a day. Yikes!
In the middle of these struggles, I met some road angels, and I was deeply grateful for a shower, the food and the chance to rest in a soft bed. It came timely. Ed and Mary is a wonderful, sweet couple who likes to winter in their RV here in AZ. They have been married for 52 years and are wonderful conversationalists. I so enjoyed my evening with them and new friends were made.
Kingman is about 35 miles ahead of me, if I only walk 5 miles a day that will take a week, but I suspect I will do better than that. Maybe not much better than five days though, we will see.