It is amazing how much you can do with a thirty pound pack on your back: climb a cliff, ford a stream, step over roots and rocks, leap, skip, even run if the need arises. It is equally astonishing how difficult it can be to walk at the end of the day once that same pack is off. The phenomenon is called hiker hobble. If you are a thru-hiker you develop this new way of walking early on, after the first hundred miles, and it doesn’t let up.
For me its the knees and hips, for Dragonfly it is her leg muscles, I wonder how long it will take after the journey is over before I’ll walk normally?