Date: 12 May 2018 09:19PM PDT
Location: Camping near mile 651.3
Today's Miles: 27.8
Total Miles: 651.3
Pretty windy last night, but it died down and was calm sometime after I fell asleep. Campsite was a bit slanted, so me and all my stuff were pressed up against one side of my tent, but otherwise it was an uneventful evening.
Spent the majority of the day walking in some extremely dusty sand. Had to take my shoes off and shake them out multiple times, and for some reason (heat? gritty fine sand?) the arches of my feet have been wearing thin to point of being raw in places. This has happened before on other hikes, but I've never been able to pin down what causes it. Usually goes away on its own, so I'll treat with New Skin and LeukoTape as usual.
I was able to witness one of my favorite things out on trail today, when two or more biomes meet and definitely change over. The low and high desert have begun giving way to the stony, rocky forest that is the Sierra. Even received my first glimpses of the higher mountains of the Sierra Nevada range, including some snow capped peaks.
Wasn't sure how far I was going to walk today, planning on stopping before the road into town since I'm in no rush. Have a box at the post office, a piece of replacement gear, but since tomorrow is Sunday it looks like it'll be an accidental zero day.
Even so, I couldn't make myself stop early, so I waked the twenty eight miles to the road and am camping at the Walker Pass campground for the night. Already have a ride into town tomorrow morning as well from older gentleman who's car camping for the night.
There's a coffee shop and a diner in town calling my name. Looking forward to it. ☕️ 🍩 🍳