Trail miles: 18.6 from 34.0 to 52.6
Miles hiked: 19.3
Right as I went to sleep last night, a guy startled me awake hiking down the trail singing “The water line” by Sage Francis. I never really got back to sleep. I tossed and turned and the stars kept me company.
The day’s hiking began at 6:20am. I was slogging along until I threw some music on. Bees chased me again, and with my chafing problem gone, I solo hiked the 8.5 miles to Mt. Laguna by 9:00am. I bummed around Laguna for a couple hours and got to take my first shower in a few days. I then picked up my resupply package and hit the trail again at 11:00am.
The weather was kind to us today. Thin wispy clouds blocked just enough of the sun to make it bearable. Lizards jumped out of the way as I lumbered through the desert chatting with Alon for a bit.
After lunch, I loaded up with 6.5 liters of water to go along with my fresh resupply of food and zombie-hiked another 5.1 miles grueling hot trail, when shade was about as rare as a 3-legged dog. It exists, but to see one is rare.
The map below shows Adam's campsite at the end of day 4: