Day 44

August 29
Miles:  28.1
PCT:  2250.1 – 2278
Total Miles:  549.9

What a day…  It was my longest daily distance so far of 28 miles.  One day I’ll break 30.  The climbs were moderate with 2 500 foot climbs followed by a 1000 footer at the end.

I got up at 4 am as usual.  I tried to be quiet as I had others in camp but it’s really not possible.  I ate Captain Crunch cereal, then started stuffing plastic bags inside of plastic.  One of the other campers shouted out “Hey Blackhawk!!  What the fuck??”  I quickly shoved all my stuff in my bag in any order, unstaked the tent and dragged it all down the road a piece so I could repack it without disturbing the others.  By 6, I was on the trail again.

I walked fairly slow to prevent foot damage, but by about 20 miles, my dogs were barking…  The last 15 miles had no water stops, so I carried 5 liters of water in that section.  Since the day was cold and shady, I could have gotten by with 3 liters.  It turns out that I overshot my destination at the end.  It was after 8 pm and getting quite dark.  I had to walk back a half mile only to find out there were on campsites where I thought they would be.  I had to bushwhack off the trail in the dark to find a clear spot under some trees that would be sufficient.  I picked a spot, but it was very steeply angled and made for a lousy sleep.  I was constantly sliding to one side and to the bottom of the tent all night.  But, there were no better sites nearby, and I was exhausted. 

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Bill (Blackhawk Down)

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