Date: 24 Aug 2017 1053PM
Location: Camping near mile 1720.9
Today's Miles: 29.6
Total Miles: 929.2
Slept like a rock last night. First time in awhile I slept through the night, must have been pretty tired. Woke up and started packing up my stuff to have a SOBO I've been leap frogging with stop by and say hello. Haven't caught his name yet, but he's a nice kid who just graduated high school before coming out west to hike.
Packed up and off I went. It's starting to feel pretty natural to swing the pack on and start beating feet for the day.
Hiked the six miles to a road crossing and made a last minute decision to head down to another resort for lunch. Made it in and out in an hour, and recharged with a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, french fries, some chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes smothered with sausage gravy, some butter slathered zucchini, and a couple cups of coffee before continuing on my way.
Hiked until mid afternoon when I came across a small herd of north bounders seemingly loosing their minds. They were on a seldom-used dirt road doing what looked to be a combination of trying to hitch for a ride and reenacting scenes from their favorite zombie horror movies.
I *definitely* got out of there quickly.
Well after the sun had set I dropped my pack, grabbed my headlamp and a beanie, threw some powdered mash potatoes and ramen noodles into my empty Talenti container and added a bunch of water. I can see myself getting used to this no cook rehydration deal.
Hiked for a couple of hours in the dark. Starting to realize that it fits my personality, and lack of a sleep schedule much better. Typically I'll lie awake for a few hours avoiding sleep anyway, so by the time I get in a few hours of night hiking, setup camp, eat dinner, and write in the journal, it's late enough that I'm much closer to my exhaustion sleep timeline. We'll see how it goes, but this might be the answer for the future to both get in those few extra miles for the day as well as not waste time just lying in my tent.
Ashland tomorrow, hot chow and a resupply. Going to have to plan around the fires just south of here, we'll see what makes the most sense.