Started: Bear Lake Outlet Tentsite (1122.1)
Ended: Tentsite (1140.7)
Total Miles: 18.6
I wrote yesterday that today was going to be tough to hike 18 miles because we had three climbs. I’m beginning to realize that I’m underestimating what I can do.
Having lost all this weight, it does not take as much energy to climb. Today, I tried to push it. I wasn’t afraid to sweat. I did something truly unusual for me. I bounded up the hill. I passed other hikers instead of the one being passed.
I still did the 18 miles. That’s pretty good for someone with a swollen left ankle.
Nap, Bubbles and I agreed to meet at a water source 13 miles in the hike. I moved much faster. They ran into some trail magic I missed. So, I rested at mile 13 where I ran into some trail magic of my own. The trail angel and I talked for an hour. He completed the trail in 2016, and gave me plenty of good advice.
When Nap and Bubbles arrived, I bounded up the last climb. It was a good day and tomorrow promises to be better.