It’s day 66 and I have passed the 33% mark on the trail. Lucky Joe and I were with Angelhair and Rigatoni (together known as The Noodleheads) and we made a little sign with sticks so others would know how far they have come. And we have come far. I’m sleeping on a hillside 898.8 miles from Campo and I walked all this way by myself. I appreciate all the people that have helped me along the way so far, and I’m looking forward to meeting more later.
Crossing Silver Pass was a slog, they all have been, and after that we still had considerable ups and downs today. Resting at the top I put my feet up and Angelhair noticed we had the same shoes, and socks, and even spare socks drying on our packs! That deserved a photo.
Later at our lunch Rigatoni pulled out one of the most useless, but funniest, items I have seen any thru-hiker carrying. He had a fully laminated menu from Denny’s and got Lucky Joe to read out some of the main courses, especially one that had ground beef sprinkled on chicken. That ain’t right.
I’m surprised my feet are holding together, they really don’t look good. I’m down to just three energy bars for tomorrow’s dash to Red’s Meadow where I hope to find the food I stashed and an open diner for breakfast. I discovered today that Lucky Joe actually gave me his last cookable dinner the other day (we skipped VVR so I was a day short) so only ate cold food tonight. He said he was ok with it because he brought far too many snacks. Good guy.
Well it’s cold and dark up here, again without tent but we’ve been down in valleys for a few days, this may affect my ability to make an early start.
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Muir Pass to Reds MeadowDistance today: 22.8 miles. Total distance: 897.8 miles