Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 7.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 7.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 1225 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 1225 feet

We just got back from our trip to Chicago and literally collapsed hours before New Years’.  The absolutely worst New Years’ celebration, hands down, but the funeral, along with being around family, wore us out completely!  We decided to go for a nice hike anyway.

I woke up on New Years’ day and was worn out.  I’d been fighting a sore throat and was quite tired, but we went anyway.  We decided to just head to a forest walk hike, that we had done before.  There was nothing spectacular about the hike except I mentioned to my wife that this felt like a death march!  I was that tired.  We couldn’t stay out long as we were signed up to watch our grandkids for the next several days, at our house.

I was actually glad when the hike ended since my energy level was nil.  The kids were dropped off, and at that time I asked my wife if I was hot, to which she answered, “yes”.  Turns out I had a low grade fever, but it was under 100.  I woke up the next day to find my fever climb to 102.2.  Ugh, no watching the kids for me, and I stayed out of the way.  Long story short, I went to Urgent Care after the kids left and tested positive for Influenza type B! 😦  I only had a fever for three days, but this flu wiped out my energy level for almost a week. 😦  A horrible start to the new year, but I’m glad this flu wasn’t too bad for me!  By the way, I had the flu shot!  I was told the flu shot lessened the impact of my symptoms. 🙂