Fred Lynn Flu Hits Appalachian Trail?
When I was in eighth grade, a rapid spreading stomach flu spread through my middle school and a vast majority of the students, including myself, became violently ill. So many people were sick, school actually closed down. My former classmates and I still find occassion to talk about the incident every now and then. We refer to it as the “Fred Lynn Flu”
Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is a challenge when you are healthy. Imagine what it’s like if you are ill! I’ve been following the blogs a few of the 2009 thru-hikers this year and it looks like one group south of Damascus has an added obstacle– something as contagious and as miserable as the infamous Fred Lynn Flu.
Excerpts from timeoutdoors.blogspot.com
…About 11 last night I feel it and throwup in my hammock all over sleeping bag and clothes. I couldn’t stop. I got out and put on what few clothes I had left then went to the fire. I stayed there till 3am then figured I would hike the six miles to kincora hostel. I made it to the hostile this morning and washed my bag, hammock, etc….
What’s going on? That’s what we would like to know. We all cooked out at Watauga and later that night three people got sick. Four people left on the 19th and Pokey, Glowworm and I stayed behind to help. Later Glowworm got sick so it was just Pokey and I. Everyone else was sick for most of the day. Today we moved on and 7 miles later we ran into 3 of the 4 that had left the day before and they were all puking. Two others we stayed with at the hostile are sick as well. We all just want to get to Damascus at this point…
The saga continues. Two more are out for the count today….
But things are looking up!
Finally a night where no one got sick.
Hopefully it stays that way!