Date: 29 Jul 2017 0945PM
Location: Camping near mile 2349.2
Today's Miles: 25.3
Total Miles: 300.9
Woke up, super tired - still trying to figure out if it's poor sleep, nutrition, high mileage, or a combination of each.
Condensation was on everything so I toweled off what I could and packed up the wet tent and damp sleeping bag.
Dry camped last night so I didn't enough have water for breakfast. Ate one of the Krispy Kreme honey buns I bought for just this purpose, loaded up, and moved on out.
After an hour or two I bumped into a man with a whole bunch of food set up on a table. It looked like your stereotypical trail magic setup, but you never know, so I approached and started talking with him. Turns out he was running an aid station for a 30k trail race that was taking part on the PCT. He was super friendly and offered me food from the table. Sat and talked with him and his wife for a good thirty minutes.
Took off walking and applied the past few week's strategy - hike until I'm hungry, stop for lunch, resume hiking until the sun sets, and depending on the distance for the day I'll either eat dinner before arriving at camp, or upon arrival.
There was a stretch of trail today where water was pretty scarce. Ended up hiking a good eight miles without water because I missed a water source that was down a game trail. It was fine, I've been through much worse - if anything it made it easier to hike, water is heavy.
Crossed another forest service road and found some beers and fresh fruit with a note declaring it was trail magic. Sat and chatted with another hiker as I drank a beer and ate a delicious fresh picked peach that was so juicy it rivaled prepackaged peaches in juice.
The north bounders are starting to show up, and a lot of them want to talk. I'm alright socializing in small doses, but getting stopped once an hour for 10-20 minutes is a bit much.
Arrived at my intended destination about an hour earlier than I thought I would, which is awesome. I was able to set up the wet tent in the dusky light to dry and do camp chores before the sun went down. Dinner was pretty fantastic, it was a bunch of freeze dried and dehydrated meals from people who had too much and were tossing it in the hiker box. Hopefully I'm in town with them again so I can grab some more cheap and delicious food.
Listening to an owl hoot away. Time for the ear plugs - I can't sleep a wink without them out here.