Today was a good day! We hiked 17 miles to Mile 77 by 4pm. I was hardly sore at all this morning and we set a good pace most of the day with minimal stops, like good thru-hikers should. All we need to do is increase the number of hours we walk (like all the way to sunset instead of four), and will be pulling some big miles. Maybe my amibitous itinerary won’t be so far off after all.
Needless to say, I am shocked and amazed at how fast my body is responding, and how much better I feel today after seventeen miles, compared to fewer miles just a few days ago. If this keeps up I will have no trouble making it to Canada. We’re already thinking of a Nero in Warner Springs instead of a Zero, since we can probably get there mid-morning. We’re also thinking about four days from there to Idyllwild instead of five. That would be an average of 19 and some change per day. Maybe we’re counting our chickens, but I don’t think so.
Also, my appetite has returned. I wouldn’t exactly call it hiker hunger, but it’s not nothing. I am eating again.
We’re really getting into the desert now. Much hotter today and tomorrow should be considerably worse. We can see the trail on the other side of the valley climbing up into some desolate looking country. We’ll be carrying 24 miles of water. I think that’s six plus liters for me which easily doubles my pack weight. Needless to say, we’ll try to get the climb done as early as we can.
At mile 77.1 we stopped at really nice camp spot. There was a big rock face to shade us as we sat on a nice sandy floor. It wasn’t right on the trail, but we could see hikers when they went by. It even had a “backyard”. I cowboy camped back there to give me and David some privacy.
Any hope you have for now of seeing my pictures is to go to Instagram and search for me (Adam Dresser) and follow me. I didn’t take a lot of pictures today. Was kind of ugly.