Date: 21 Jul 2017 0910PM
Location: Camping near mile 2506.2
Today's Miles: 20.5
Total Miles: 143.9
If it was easy, everyone would do it - anything worth doing is worth doing right.
That was the culmination of my struggles today.
I had a pretty rough day today. There was approximately four miles of trail that was so overgrown you couldn't see the ground. It was slow going, frustrating, and dangerous at times since the trail dropped off precipitously in many places.
Much stumbling ensued, arms and legs got cut up pretty good from thorns, and I slipped off the trail down a very steep slope and barely caught myself.
I even recorded a video of myself because I was so upset, only to get to the top of the next ridge line a few miles up to record another video of how amazing the views were.
The emotional rollercoaster of life on the trail is part of why I come out here in the first place. When you don't feel much of anything emotionally in your life, the extremes of the physical and emotional spectrum allow you to at least feel *something*.
The pictures I'm taking don't even come close to doing the sights justice, but they're all I have to show, and remember these times by.
Multiple flybys today by some military fixed wing jets. I can only imagine they're having the time of their lives, flying these incredible machines through the spectacular valleys and ridges of this part of the country.
Camped by a stream tonight down low, approximately 1500 feet lower in elevation compared to last night.
Two more days until town, if I can keep the mileage up. Getting down to the wire on food supplies, so I definitely need to push it and make sure I get to town in that time. Not sure if I made a mistake or just underestimated, but that's life on the trail sometimes.
Looking forward to town, and taking a little time off. Probably end up neroing at a trail angel's home, but that's still forty five trail miles away so we'll see how it goes.