Trail miles: 10.6 from 266.1 - 276.7
Miles hiked: 12.4
I did some last minute chores. I sewed another button onto my shirt. I ordered a silk liner for my sleeping bag for more comfort when attempting to sleep. I need sleep so bad that the extra 5 ounces is no big deal. I’m sending more gear home when I get to Wrightwood anyway. My 3oz Patagonia Houdini jacket is going home, as is a small massage ball. My extra camera battery and my Kindle are going in my bounce box.
I’m also likely replacing my jacket with a lighter and more compressible down jacket of equal warmth. I am also considering getting some flip-flops to replace my Crocs, even though I hate flip flops. I also need to replace the shitty hat I bought in Idyllwild after losing my previous one. One of my peeps from Massachusetts should send me a dope-ass Boston Red Sox trucker hat. 🙂 Preferably the flat bill type because it shades better and I can squeeze my sunglasses under them too.
I also called and talked with my wife. It was sort of heartbreaking to hear her voice. I discussed some resupply needs with her and asked her to order me a smaller hip belt for my ULA Circuit since I’m now losing weight quickly.
I hiked the rest of the day without seeing anybody, other than the weed gang who are a group of four guys that are often stoned.
I put in an obligatory 10.5 miles which on paper seems respectable for a nearo day. I stopped way too frequently to take pictures of birds and Cedar trees and a forest floor covered with juniper berries and pine cones.
At 4pm, I setup camp at a nice spot. It’s much earlier than I normally stop, but I was tired, lonely, frustrated with human beings and their impact on this planet, and to top it off I was burdened with a heavy pack. All I wanted to do was to sit and eat as much food as I could to lighten my pack, and then read my book for a bit.
Anyway, I’ll try to do close to 20 miles each day until I get to Wrightwood. There, I am most likely taking a zero day where I may auction off a kidney to lighten my base weight even more.