Day 104: Marathon! (And A Part Breaks)

Started: Piped Spring Tentsite (1755.2)

Ended: Twin Ponds Trail Junction (1781.5)

Total Miles: 26.3

Achievement: Marathon (1)

If you’ve read the blogs of any other PCT’ers, hiking 26.3 miles is no big deal. Heck, I know some did more than a marathon out of Campo. If only I was twenty again.

Admittedly, I’ve been conservative in my miles. After hurting myself, I was determined to make sure that didn’t happen again. I’d wait until the weight came off. Now it has. I have legs trained for a 200+ pound hiker driving a 160 pound body. I finished my marathon with time to spare, so we’ll see how I feel tomorrow. Maybe I can do a 30 mile day?

As I was hiking, my left middle toe started pushing up. I squeezed my toes, but it didn’t make any difference. I hiked to my next scheduled break. I took off my shoe and discovered that I broke a toe. I didn’t injure it. It didn’t hurt. I moved it around and it felt weird, but there was no pain.

I suspect that if you take an old rusted jalopy from Mexico to Canada, a couple of parts are bound to fall off. I’m getting closer every day. I have a .7 ounce pocket knife and some heavy duty thread if I need it. For now, I’ve taped it to my index toe.

After all I’ve been through and overcome, a broken toe is minor.

With two bigger mile days, I’ve cut this six day section to a five day. The post office closes at 3 p.m., so I want to clip off a couple extra miles tomorrow as well.

It was a good day. Hopefully my feet agree with me tomorrow.

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