On the Trail Again

For a writer who has authored a book I have done precious little writing for the last two months. But I have been busy. In fact I have been way too busy.

And now I am off on another hike again. This time it is to be pieces of the American Discovery Trail in Utah and Colorado. These will not be in a straight line and I will, once again, not have a daily blog on my web site. Go to Trailjournals.com and look up Medicare Pastor on American Discovery Trail – 2019. The first part of this journal is about my spring hike but the current hike will start showing up within about 3 days or sooner. The journal will continue at the end of the spring journal.

I would love to write more but the truth is I am hiking tomorrow morning and I must get to bed or I will be staggering tomorrow instead of hiking.

Rehabbing the Knee

Some have expressed surprise at my planning a spring hike this year, so soon after my second knee replacement. (4&1/2 months) I did not schedule a spring hike after my first knee replacement. Perhaps that was more wise. But maybe not – time will tell.

Once upon a time I heard a Doc say it was impossible to tell the length of time necessary to recover from a total knee replacement. Perhaps someone could recover in two months. I thought then, well, that someone should be me.

Nope. It does take more time than two months.

But rehabbing a knee sometimes runs contrary to popular wisdom. Sitting and standing are both the worst things for me and my knee. The knee wants to keep moving or it stiffens up and hurts. Repetitive motion is the key.

Yes, one does have to work to retrain muscles and nerves. They don’t just automatically heal up and work as before. A knee replacement is a lot of trauma and cells don’t remember their function automatically. Retraining is not just a matter of time. It is also a matter of work.

But yes, of course, one can overdo it. Too much work at any given stage can set the knee back in recovery. It is a fine line to find the maximum work for optimum recovery in the shortest time without doing too much and setting back recovery.

I think my knee is doing very well for 4 months and one week post-pop. I will get one more week before setting foot on trail for my spring hike.This hike is not steep with lots of elevation gain and loss. But it is a lot of miles per day. Too much? Or just the amount of repetitive motion I need? Time will tell. I survived the plane ride across the country. (Remember, sitting is the worst thing, not moving.)

Now I am chasing grandchildren for a different kind of therapy and the knee continues it’s rehab.

A note to those who are following me on this website: Once I am on trail I will be writing on Trailjournals.com and will not post on this website until sometime after June 4. To follow me, just go to Trailjournals.com and post Medicare Pastor on line for hiker name. Click American Discovery Trail 2019 for my daily posts if you would like to read them.

Triple Crown Presentation

Coming up fast for those in the Seattle/Lynnwood area: This Sunday, March 3, I am giving a presentation about hiking the Triple Crown at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036. It is a potluck beginning at 11:45 and ending at approximately 2:00. It will have oodles of pictures for those who have missed having any in the book. All are welcome.

Reminder and New Podcast

Reminder to those in the greater Tacoma area: Book signing this Sunday, February 24, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4301 Browns Point Blvd NE, Tacoma, WA between 2:00 and 3:30. Refreshments will be served, many pictures shared, books available for purchase and a question and answer session with Mary. Should be fun!

And a new podcast is out – this one with Wanderers:life on the Road with Jarrod Ross. http://www.fulltimewanderers.com/podcast Each podcast is different as each person who interviews me is different. Both podcasts I have now done have been fun for me and I hope you enjoy them too.


Book Signing

Another book signing is coming up Sunday, February 24, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4301 Browns Point Blvd NE, Tacoma, WA, from 2:00 to 3:30. Refreshments will be served. Some of Mary’s pictures of her trips on Triple Crown Trails will be on a powerpoint to view. And she will host a question and answer session after personalizing your copies of Old Lady on the Trail.