Date: Sunday, 06 August 2017
Start: Camped by the trail at Mile 2167.0, 2480 ft
Finish: Camped by the trail at Mile 2190.5, 3556 ft
Daily Miles: 23.5 PCT
Total PCT Miles: 1650.2
Weather: Partly sunny, very warm and humid
Dinner: Teriyaki noodles and tuna
Aches: Very tired, especially feet (boots still damp, so socks still damp all day).
Highlight: None really
Lowlight: None really
Pictures: Click here
Unsurprisingly, I overslept, after going to bed late and exhausted last night, but still managed to be hiking by 7:00am. Today was just about covering ground on my way to Canada, and I was tired from the start, but knew that every mile I covered today would give me a little more time in Trout Lake, my next resupply town on Tuesday afternoon.
It was pretty much forest all day, with occasional hazy views, though the trail is still relatively low. There was a lot of climbing, some of it steep, and it was sweaty work in the humidity, though there were flatter sections as the trail crossed the Wind River valley and passed close to vacation homes and over a number of roads.
I was regularly reminded of how slow I have become by a loose group of about six PCT hikers, boys and girls, who left Cascade Locks around the same time as me and seem to be covering similar distances each day. They breeze past me like I’m standing still on the trail and seem to have lots of time to just hang out at stops during the day and at camp in the evening, while for me every minute is valuable.
Anyway, around 6:40pm, very tired and ready to stop, I reached my goal (the first water for 11 miles) and found a place to camp nearby. The other PCT hikers are here toò, but there’s plenty of room. I’m looking forward to a longer night’s sleep and then another high mileage day tomorrow.