My newest hiking buddy was in a bad car accident about a year ago…he was hit by a drunk driver. The collision broke every bone in his leg, shattered his knee cap into eight pieces, and broke most of the bones in his foot. He also broke a collar bone and a rib, but he dismisses those injuries as almost insignificant. I call him Titanium Man now, since he has metal rods through all his leg bones and a dozen screws bolting his leg back together.
But notice, I said “hiking buddy.” Boy is he tough…he’s been working hard for a year to get to where he can walk again and he and I go hiking just about every week. I’ve been trying to get him to stick to rail trails, which are relatively flat. The trick is persuading him to turn around. He’s an inspiration.
This is one of the rail trails we’ve found to hike on. The spring ice may be cold, but it is oh so lovely.