Sunday, 29 July 2018
Tentsite by stream (222.6) – Tentsite (241.4): 18.8 miles / 271.3 total miles walked
I actually took the time to make breakfast before starting the day’s uphill. Oatmeal is something that gives me really good energy, but I have to force myself to eat it. Even though it is delicious.
The climb was pretty gradual, went by nice and easy and before I knew it I made it to the top.
At the meadow I soaked my feet and made lunch, chatting with a bunch of section hikers. One of the guys was severely dehydrated, stumbling and disoriented. We made him drink water with electrolytes and he slowly recovered.
After lunch I took on the descent back into the valley, it was really hot and exposed. The trail led through a burn area on very long switchbacks.
I ran out of water and pretty much ran down the mountain, which ended up being a very bad idea. By the time I made it to the next water source, my thighs and especially the area where my panties lie I was very chafed and hurting.
I still had 4 miles to go to the campsite, which I pretty much duckwalked and hobbled. No fun.
And when I got to the campsite it was already occupied. But I honestly couldn’t have walked any farther, so I squeezed in between two other tents, on a slant. I didn’t care. All I wanted was to get my nasty, smelly, sweaty pants off and sleep. Which I did, immediately.
One more day to town, which will be difficult with the chafe.
Keeping you posted….