So I’m back at Tuolumne again having crossed Donahue Pass for the second time. I set off early and I set off fast, drinking breakfast as I walked and hardly stopping all day. A little after 8am I reached Thousand Island Lake and began the same trail I did with Lucky Joe during my week off. I was there much earlier in the day than last time and the rivers were noticeably lower, especially on the north side of the pass. No huge jumps or wading this time.
The trail along the Lyell Canyon took a long time, and so much of it with the river so close. It was cool, clear and calling my name but I pushed on to that ranger station and post office afraid I’d have to wait until 9 tomorrow to get my stuff. I made it with hours to spare. I could have swum but by that point I was too beat. I sat and ate and debated leaving again but 24 miles is enough. With all the food I have I am now prepared to get right through to Truckee. Hopefully picking up Blue Sky and Vortex along the way. That’s 213 miles in 8 days. Wish me luck.
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Reds Meadow to Tuolumne MeadowsDistance today: 24.3 miles. Total distance: 941.7 miles