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David "Day-Late" Thibault
Begins: Apr 29, 2009
Date: Thu, Apr 30th, 2009
End: Lake Morena
Daily Distance: 20.2
Trip Distance: 40.4
Entry Visits: 710
Journal Visits: 66,553
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Real Day 1 - very tired
Well the trail really kicked my butt today. I got to the border around 7:30 this morning. Took the obligatory pictures at the monument, said goodbye and thanks to Scout for the ride and the great hospitality.
It was relatively cool today, I'm guessing it got to about 80 deg. Max. The walk was nice as it was Cal chaparral for the most part. There was some water about 4 miles from the start but I didn't know if it was there so I was carrying enough and didn't add anymore. I carried 6 liters and that got me the 20 miles to Lake Morena - but I should have drank more than I did earlier in the day. I'm a little dehydrated right now. I plan to force fluids to get back to normal. I hiked from 7:30 to 4:30 with just a couple of short stops.
For lunch I had a chickpea salad that was pretty good, it was a little spicy as I must have put in extra hot items. I had a flavored oil packet with it but I forgot to add it so it might have been even better. I'd still give it 4 stars (out of five). For dinner I had chicken with rice burritos. They were pretty good too, I'd say 3 stars.
Saw plenty of birds, butterflies, and geckos today. I also saw 3 larger lizards and a horny toad. The highlight though was a fox that was about 30 feet away. He/she was just gorgous, I attempted to get a picture but she wouldn't wait around for me to get my camera ready.
Before I started this trip I was hoping to get in pretty good shape, well I knew I didn't really get into shape with all the things I needed to get done before going. Its just I didn't think I was in this bad of shape. I am just sore everywhere, I am going to just try and make it until 7:30 before crashing. I suspect that will be tough to do. I'm also pretty sure I'll really be feeling it tomorrow. The legs (both thighs and calves) are achy. The shoulders are a little sore from the pack straps. And the thighs are a little chaffed. I spent a couple of minutes attempting to find the trail today but was able to locate it after rereading the guide book for that area. When I looked at the map it made me think the turn off for the trail was earlier than it actually was. As far as I know 4 thru hikers left the border this morning as well as 2 section hikers. Only one other thru hiker "Lint" made it this far. Actually Lint went on ahead a couple of more miles from here. I didn't have anything left by the time I got here so I quickly cooked dinner, set up the tent and am planning to hit the sack.
I was just going through tomorrows day and the water souces are typically abou 6 miles apart. That should make for a much lighter pack. I also just realized that I accidentally sent my guide book maps for the few days after tomorrow to the Post Office in Warner Springs. Hopefully I'll be able to find my way for a couple of days without them. I think the couple that arrived a Campo just as I was leaving has arrived here for the night. So I won't be the only hiker here tonight. That would make a long day for them as it is getting dark - almost 8 PM.
Good night! Day-late (from my peek)
Thru Hiking the PCT in 2009 (yes all 2650 miles)
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