Date: 20 Jul 2017 0833PM
Location: Camping near mile 2526.7
Today's Miles: 23.2
Total Miles: 123.3
Long day, still getting used to doing bigger miles than on the AT. I'm sure my mindset will change soon enough - average daily mileage just needs to be bumped in my mind from 15-20 miles per day to 20-25.
Definitely less dilly-dallying out here!
Late last night a few hikers showed up as I was drifting off to sleep. I said my hellos and talked with them this morning as we were all packing up, only to not see them or another soul the entire day. I like that, it's definitely a nice change of pace to having people crowded around a shelter every night.
Basically, out here you walk until you're tired and come across a spot big enough to hold your tent. Doing the math, seems to be a solid 11-12 hours of hiking, sometimes more.
Beautiful day otherwise. Plenty of water in these parts, and it looks like once I get to the next post office I can mail home my snow traversing gear (micro spikes). Haven't had to use them yet, we'll see what the next few days have in store.
Each night I'm feeling better and better. The first few nights I was exhausted, literally falling asleep as I write in my journal. But now I'm feeling stronger and less tired. Same with food intake, even after three weeks of hiking on the Long Trail I'm just now starting to get that hiker hunger.
Still have a little pain in my left leg, switches between soreness in the ligaments that connect my lower calf to my ankle, and a minor shin splint in the same leg. Miles need to be done, but I'm "taking it easy" right now by not waking up at the crack of dawn and keeping myself below 25 miles a day. There is definitely enough light out during the day to hike another hour or two, but like I said, I'm taking it easy for now.
Going to be a cold one tonight. Sleeping at over 5500 feet and I'm already shivering when outside of my bag.