170907 – Struggling

Day:  137
Date:  Thursday, 07 September 2017
Start:  Camped beside the trail at Mile 792.6, 10715 ft
Finish:  Camped by the trail at Mile 802.6, 9793 ft
Daily Miles:  10.0 PCT
Total PCT Miles:  2123.3
Weather:  Mostly sunny and mild with some clouds and a few light showers later.
Accommodation:  Tent
Nutrition:
     Breakfast:  Muesli
     Lunch:  Gorp
     Dinner:  Rehydrated beef stroganoff with noodles
Aches:  Despite my ministrations, the underside of both forefeet are still very sore.  I’ll try donut bandages tomorrow.
Highlight:  None really
Lowlight:  I have felt unwell all day.  Very tired with a mild headache.
Pictures:  Click here

Position:  Click here.
Map:  Click here for Google Map
Journal:

I woke several times during the night with a mild headache and it persisted through the day.  I even thought of staying in bed when I woke and really struggled to get going for the day.  I don’t believe I have a temperature, but feel excessively tired and struggle to hike at any speed.

It was a pity, because it was a beautiful morning and the rugged mountain scenery, highlighted in places by the rising sun, was superb.  Along the floor of the high valley, the trail passed a series of pristine lakes, reflecting the mountains.  For all of the morning, the trail gradually descended along the valley, occasionally crossing some challenging little creeks.  Back in June, with the snowmelt, they would have been a lot more challenging.

Around noon, I reached the suspension bridge which crossed the main creek and toyed with the idea of camping there and having an early night.  However, after a break, I decided I was being “soft” and continued on, almost immediately regretting my decision.  The trail was now all uphill and technical in many places, which highlighted my fatigue. Around 3:00pm, I had to decide whether to stop at the last certain campsite, which I had just reached, or continue on 4.5 miles and 2000 ft to Pinchot Pass, which I would not have reached until 6:00pm, and then would have had a long descent before I could find a campsite.

I chose to stop and am hoping an early night will have me feeling better tomorrow.

Hanging over my head is the fact that I am hiking to a schedule, which I’m now behind, and have given dates to two friends, who are travelling considerable distances to join me, separately, for some days of hiking.  I also have a limited amount of food, so can’t be too slow on this section.  I do have a resupply option, by detouring to Vermillion Valley Resort, but that will cost time.  Anyway, it’s 5:45pm, light rain is falling on the tent, and I’m going to sleep.

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