Started: Campsite 115.4
Ended: Campsite 131.5
Total: 16.1 miles
As I last left you yesterday, I strategically placed myself at the base of a mountain so that I could hike it with fresh legs in the morning. I ate well both last night and this morning. I got up at five so I could begin before it became too hot. There is one thing I did not take into account. It seems the trail team contracted Escher to design this section.
I knew this was going to be a long uphill hike. I didn’t think it would be ten miles of unrelenting up. I should have left the atmosphere for the number of steps I took going up. Every time I turned the corner all I could see is the trail going up. My calves of steel were a burning pile of slag.
After six hours of hiking I went just 9 miles. I was so hot and tired, I curled up around a boulder, the only shade in a hundred miles. There may have been some crying.
Eventually, I reached Mike’s Place. It is a notorious resupply point and watering hole. It is styled in something you would see on an episode of the Walking Dead. The whole place screams Hepatitis C and Bed Bugs. They do maintain a water cache, so I left a donation. It seemed rather unholy, so despite wind warnings I raced up the ridge and pounded out another six miles after four p.m.
I found shelter in the bushes to protect me from the wind.
About 8 p.m., 69 year old hiker Sunshine asked if she could camp next to me. I said sure, although I might snore.
She is an amazing section hiker. She carries a 1970’s external pack with a 19 pound base weight. With food, she’s carrying 23 pounds, not including water. She does this despite some back issues. Keep in mind that I have a 15 pound base weight.
We talked past hiker’s midnight about good works, religion, and the choices I’m making after this hike. She is wonderful person who is an example to everyone.