I made 23 miles today. I could have done more but my shin is still hurting and I’ve no desire to make it worse. A short term gain would definitely be a long term loss. It was really warm last night, I was sweating in my sleeping bag but I had to stay inside it to avoid the hordes of nasty mosquitoes that were attacking my face. It may mean a return to my tent (sans outer cover) which would be a real shame now that I’m more comfortable cowboy camping.
I stopped for an early lunch and lay down for an hour there. I took time to swim and cook at Jackson Meadow Reservoir and I still reached this quiet saddle by 6pm. So long as I don’t succumb to any more injuries I’ve no worries about finishing this trek before the end of September. The weather may turn bad before then but that’s up to sun spots and global warming.
I lay on the ground with my feet up on a log for quite a while. Letting the ants crawl up my arms and the occasional fly land on my legs. A few branches cracked as little creatures scurried around while I just listened to the silence of nature.
A little while after I settled down I heard some sticks breaking and movement on the other side of the log pile. “Oh dear” I thought “a bear is already here and it’s not even dark”. I got my camera and stepped around the pile only to find Tiki setting up his tent. We caught up on the last 400 miles and agreed to meet in Sierra City for lunch. I’m planning on an early start and lots of down time in town.
Here’s a couple of quotes I’d like to share, you may have heard them before.
“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way” ~Bhudda
“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there” ~Josh Billings
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Donner Pass to Belden