Today after coffee and pancakes at the Anderson’s I felt a million bucks hiking to the first water cache 7 miles away. My feet felt the best they ever have on the trail which I attribute to the slower days, new shoes and constant foot soaking recently.
UB and I decided to move out and start the 2,800 foot climb in the middle of the day. It was hot but nowhere as bad as yesterday. We stopped for some foot rest, mashed potatoes and sardines midday through and then continued another few miles to the next water source which was a ‘guzzler’ (basically a storm water drain) on the top of some concrete in the middle of a pine forest.
After pumping the water for at least three other hikers who only had drops for purification, we cooked dinner and then made a comfortable home on the concrete near the water drain. Maybe this is what they call ‘roughing it’.
We only went 14 miles today, one of our shortest days, and finished well before sunset. In fact we finished so early this afternoon we all sat around twiddling our thumbs, not sure exactly what to do when we’re not hiking, eating or sleeping.