Today is my 100th day on the trail. If I’ve remembered everything correctly this is how I have spent my nights:
17 in my own tent
6 in perma-tents at trail angels’
7 in houses
8 in motel/hotels
62 under the stars
I think I’ve had 20 zero days so far, and now for today….
I hit the trail much later than usual, so cozy in my sleeping bag and watching sunrise next to Mt. Shasta. It wasn’t that long ago that I was on the other side watching sunset, I wonder who’s over there now looking this way. The miles were surprisingly easy. So easy in fact that I can’t help but wonder if the book has exaggerated the distance between points. There were pleasant lakes, nice rolling hills and little grassy meadows. But there is no way this stuff compares to the majestic high sierras. I kept the music going all morning and soon discovered I’d come a lot further than I expected and had to slow down or I’d risk hurting myself again. So at a nice saddle above Bull Lake, with Shasta popping up just above the opposite wall, I took a good lunch break and watched through the videos again while eating the second Baileys truffle bar Bex sent me, truly a luxurious day for any hiker.
I’ve mostly been getting water from springs, right near the source, and thus not bothering to treat it. It’s so cold and refreshing I just can’t resist gulping it down. When I got moving again I put on some ‘chillout’ sounds to try to slow my pace. Music has such an effect on me that I can’t help but fall into step. Sometimes you could even see me dancing down the trail to a bit of Gnarls Barkley or that “Pictures” song.
I have had to make the hard decision to send Dad’s pack home. After the belt broke I was worried about anything else going wrong. Then I removed the extra padding I used down the back because it made me sweat too much and now it’s really making my shoulders sore. I’ll be sorry to see it go, the thing’s got class and I love having several dividable pockets rather than one large one, but it’s starting to endanger my trip I don’t want anything to make this harder.
today’s food fantasy: Chinese take-away from The Flying Horse in Takapuna
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Castle Crags to EtnaDistance today: 29.7 miles. Total distance: 1563.3 miles