7.10.18. 20.6 miles.
I woke up to my alarm at 5 today, but slept for a few more minutes after, even though I got plenty of sleep at night. That’s one problem with Benadryl. I definitely feel groggy in the mornings when I take it, even if I take it relatively early in the evening. I did feel much better today though, sickness wise. I took my time getting ready, and went down to the public bathroom area with the picnic table to finish prepping my breakfast shake and to use the restroom one last time. I then went down to the country store real quick to use the WiFi for a few minutes before leaving.
There were practically no cars driving by. Only CalTrans and AT&T, so I had to walk back to the trail, almost the whole way until I got a ride for the last quarter mile that had other hikers inside: Stoveless & Airlift/Miguel. So I walked an extra 1.25 miles today.
I knew this climb was going to be brutal, so I pretty much put my head down and walked. The climb wasn’t actually that bad. The worst part was the sometimes super rocky sections in the exposed areas. Also, I’m wearing my rain jacket for full skin protection today, so I was sweating like a monster. I think the whole back of my shirt was wet at some point. I took a break about 2/3 of the way up the climb bc there was shade so I could take off the rain jacket and air out.
It was very satisfying reaching the top of this climb. But I still needed to fully descend before taking a lunch break, so I kept going, and I realized later that I was walking into the new PCT re-route that dips down to Tamarack Lakes and the campground I was planning on lunching in. The lakes were very nice, but the climb after the campground was miserable! Maybe they should have kept the PCT the way it was and not give us an extra 1,300 ft climb?
It was super hot today, so I took a 2.5 hour lunch break at the campsite and got a little nap in as well. I trudged out at 3:30 pm to do that climb and it was not fun. Thank goodness for podcasts. I started listening to S-Town, which had been recommended to me, and it’s really good! Nothing really eventful after the climb except for the climb being done. I got to camp around 7:30 and there were tons of hikers there! I had barely seen any all day and now here they are! Funny how that happens.
I was a little lonely today without Hot Mess & Butters, and not really seeing anyone while hiking. I also didn’t see any women on trail today which I didn’t really think I would notice, but I definitely noticed. Where my girls at?! The people I’m camped around are really nice though. I met Shocks and Tiny Slice who are brothers, and Tooth Fairy. We ate dinner together and chatted about food, catholes, shoes, and farts. Just your typical hiker conversations! Going to bed pretty late though, around 9:30, so I am pooped!