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Tobin - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Rocket Man
City: Mill Valley
State: CA
Country: US
Begins: May 1, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 5th, 2009
Start: Marie Lake Trailhead
End: Tuolumne Meadows
Daily Distance: 16.6
Trip Distance: 944.8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 202
Journal Visits: 42,967
Guestbook Views: 3,617
Guestbook Entrys: 47

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Looking South Up Lyell Canyon to Donahue Pass

Coming Soon - Into Tuolumne Meadows

((Journal entry by Mission Control...Rocketman may edit later)

Unfortunately, I barely managed 3 hours of sleep (after not sleeping well the other 3 nights). Rocketman's snoring is hard to doze off to...After some excellent blister therapy by Dr. Rocketman (why didn't he do that 2 days ago when I was in pain) and a bowl of oatmeal delivered to the tent, we pushed on to Tuolumne Meadows. The 4-mile climb up Donahue Pass was quite spectacular and we enjoyed lunch on the summit.

We then pushed on for the 14 miles down into Tuolumne Meadows. The first stretch down was very rocky and steep and hard on the joints. Then it was a LONG saunter rest of the day. Not only were my blisters painful each step, but the bottom of my feet ached. With all my past running and marathons, I never had my feet ache so much. I felt like a cripple. It was a test of the wills to keep stepping, while knowing that I was very slow for the Rocketman...of course, because I was slow, we never took a break. Guess this is a true test of marriage.

We arrived at Tuolumne Meadows around 7pm-ish and pitched the tent at the campground.

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5.3 Million Steps

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"Face north. Take step. Repeat 5.3 million times."

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