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Very Happy at the Two Thirds Marker
What a perfect hiking day, you could say a quadruple crux, all
positive, day. The very rare combination of ideal temperature, ideal
wind, ideal trail conditions, and my body feeling good. I may not have
another day like it on the rest of the trip but it certainly was
enjoyable today! I covered 34 miles like it was 24.
The temperature was in the high 50's or 60's all day, nice and cool.
The breeze was a pretty constant 5-10 mph head wind. The trail was
pretty flat all day with mild ups and downs. It was forested 90% of
the time, so shady and soft except for a few miles of crossing lava
flows where the PCTA crews had cleared the trail beautifully. With
those conditions I could cruise along at over 3 mph and be at a
wonderful temperature equilibrium in which the heat generated by my
exercise was matched by the heat loss from evaporation and convection
(sweating and the breeze). A little sweat for cooling but not too
much. In harmony with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics if you
will....thought you'd enjoy that Nicola.
As I was enjoying this near perfect day it occurred to me that it came
right after an evening and morning of spiritual exercise, some prayer
and meditation and spiritual push ups in the form of my gratitude
list. Coincidence?... NOT!
As they say "the only scoffers at prayer and meditation are those who
have not given them a concerted effort. It is intensely practical and
yields often prodigious results". (nice word, prodigious). So as is
often, if not always, the case, if I'm reasonably spiritually fit then
my mental, emotional and physical fitness flows naturally from that
and I have excellent days. When I'm out of shape I tend to have more
self-centered, less enjoyable days. Funny how I forget these things
until I get back into an uncomfortable spot again...but at least my
pain/discomfort threshold is a whole lot lower than it used to be
before I pick up my spiritual toolkit and start making phone calls
(thank you Tom A) and taking spiritual action.
Most of you know I'm not fond of people trying to cram their brand
name religion down other people's throats and hopefully I've avoided
that. This higher power/God stuff just works for me in fair weather or
foul that's all and I rarely express it. Take what you like and leave
My stinky socks still stink. Bonnes reves! Over and out.
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