Day 104

Oct 29
Miles:  20.3
PCT:  1168.9 – 1189.2
Total Miles:  1258.9
Elevation gain:  2480

Last night was very humid causing condensation in the tent.  None dripped on me but everything got wet anyway.  I didn’t get cold but it was uncomfortable being damp.

It was a nice day today with hazy clouds and stunning views.  I went over lots of small peaks giving great 360 deg views of distant mountain ranges.  Until the sun came out, it was cool.  The sun warmed things up to the point of being a little too warm with all the ups and downs.  I put on my traction devices on my boots to prevent slipping when on ice, but it turned out I didn’t need them and removed them by noon.  They hurt my toes somewhat as they cause a crease (a fold) in my boots right across the toes, adding pressure to the tops.  I didn’t damage anything from wearing them, however. 

At around 2pm, my feet were killing me, and I realized that I hadn’t taken any Ibuprofen since morning.  I took my mega dose and was back in business within 20 minutes. 

I arrived at camp early around 5pm.  I could have gone further, but the feet were done.  20 miles is all I can get out of them these days.  When I set up the tent, everything was soaking wet from the night before.  Some people take a break mid-day to dry their gear in the sun.  I hate stopping that long, usually only taking 5-10 minute breaks.

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Looks like I need to clean my lens.. some water drops must have gotten on it.

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There were some clear cut areas and what looked like pruning of the forest.  Looked like hell with all the big Cat tracks.

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Bill (Blackhawk Down)

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