The 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.

The 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 trail.

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.

Plantar Fasciitis

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.

 updated March 2011










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