Date: 17 Aug 2017 0907PM
Location: Camping near mile 1900.1
Today's Miles: 24.2
Total Miles: 749.3
Slow start this morning, still feeling pretty out of it. Only have a few more days of antibiotics to take, and the affected area is doing much better, so it's been worth it.
Hauled ass all day since I slept twenty two miles out from the next town food and resupply spot last night. Made pretty good time, at least for me - I'm definitely built for comfort, not for speed.
Pulled a few too many miles without water and went a bit too fast, so as I neared the resort I slowed it down to a much more manageable pace. Drank a bunch of water on the move, even stopped at a beautiful lake and went for a quick swim. The heat and low humidity means that even soaking wet straight out of a lake that I'll be dry in under thirty minutes. Quite the change from east coast hiking where you're *literally* soaked for days from humidity, rain, or both.
Bumped into G-Funk again as I was walking to the resort. He was on his way out, but even so it's always good to see him.
The resort was about two miles off trail. Not ideal, but a hungry hiker will travel for hot food and other amenities. Arrived and went into autopilot mode: checked the hiker box for resupply options, plugged in all the devices to charge, ordered way too much food and soda.
Chatted with quite a few north bounders about their options for getting around the fires up north, and got some gouge on what's going on south of here. Spent about two hours eating, drinking about a gallon of soda, and otherwise soaking up hiker culture.
Seabs showed up just after I arrived, one of the dudes who I met on Facebook before coming out who I traveled with from Seattle to the trailhead near the border. Another cool, chill dude, even if he does have a bit of an obsession about always wearing sun screen.
Hiked out late in the afternoon, I can only take so many people and close quarters in small doses - after an hour or two it gets to be overwhelming for me. Plus, who wants to pay $10 to tent when you can hike out and do it for free!
Managed a few more miles before darkness fell. Setup the tent, crawled in, got ready for bed.
Had the realization today that last year at this time I was already finished my AT hike. Came to mind as I started realizing yet again that we lose around three minutes of daylight a day. That's approximately thirty minutes every ten days, or an *hour and a half* every month.
When we started in June we had 15:40 hours and minutes of daylight to work with. By the time we get to Southern California we will only have 9:00 hours of daylight to hike in.
Looks like early mornings and night hiking will soon be a reality.