Point to point I am 30 miles away and 1100ft higher than last night, but that doesn’t portray the fact that I actually climbed 5,500ft over four big ridges today. But that’s not the number to get excited about. At roughly 6:30pm I charged passed the 1000 mile mark. I would have stopped except I was looking for the footbridge (now apparently just a log) that the databook measures to. Sweep and Backpacker came along shortly and made a sign with rocks whilst being eaten alive by a million mosquitoes.
Enough with the numbers, what does it feel like to walk this far? Well I’m worn out once again, but that’s just from the last two days of overdoing it. I’ll do less tomorrow and feel better. The best feeling today was deciding to stop for a moment and jump in a cold river. I cleaned a few days of grime off, I washed my socks and even drank the water straight (not in that order). I’ll try to make more time for relaxing and fun from now on.
My feet are in pretty good shape now so I might consider losing the Vaseline and Badger Balm. I’ve got a new pair of Montrail Continental Divide shoes coming to Truckee. Anyone who hears a salesman saying “your feet will wear out before these shoes will” hasn’t heard of this trail.
Being dirty and smelly is part of the territory. I have one day-shirt that I love but it gets grotty quickly. It already looks like the front of a car with all the mosquitoes I’ve squashed on it. I even got a few caught in my air-intake valve today.
I don’t think it has been any harder than I expected. We’ve had a pretty easy year with low snow on the passes. Being solo in the woods doesn’t bother me, in fact I had to try really hard to out pace Geezer today because he did that annoying thing of going faster as soon as I passed. I really love just putting my sleeping mat out and getting into my bag. Tentless is the way to go, but I’m not brave/silly enough to be out here without one, so that’s another kilo I must carry just-in-case.
I’ve enjoyed the new friends I’ve met. Some are ahead and I’ll see them soon, some are far behind and I may never see them again. I hope a few will visit New Zealand next year.
Carrying enough food is an issue. I can eat a lot more than I have been. I wonder if that will continue when I get home, maybe without doing 20+ miles per day I’ll manage to put on some weight. Food cravings are hard to avoid. Upon reaching town I buy a large gatorade, a pint of ice-cream and a bag of crisps. Just to tide me over until I get a burger. Right now I’m thinking about a big bar of Cadbury chocolate, mmmmm. It’s been a lot more expensive than I expected. I hear there aren’t many motels from now on but it’s the food and gear that adds up so quickly
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Tuolumne Meadows to Sonora PassDistance today: 30.5 miles. Total distance: 1002.8 miles