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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Tue, Sep 6th, 2011
Start: Mile 2185
End: Mile 2214
Daily Distance: 29
Trip Distance: 2,168.7
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Labor Day part 2
I had 2 options today 29 miles or 31 miles, both providing good camping.
It was another early start, 6:30 am. Water would be scarce today, it looks like there is a 13 mile dry segment so I loaded up at mile 2,191. There would be climbing over that 13 miles stretch, as well. It looks like about 3,500 feet.
By 10 am I had walked 9 miles, not stellar, but it was decent morning mileage considering I was half way up a big climb. By 10:30 I had eaten a Snickers, a small bag of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies, a payday bar - along with a liter of Malto I was well fueled.
13 miles by noon I was leapfrogging two other thru hikers Colin from New Zealand and a young lady Gangsta Rap. It was turning into another tough day.
I could see Mt Adams to the north getting closer every hour, the forest environment was spectacular, deep wooded areas with loaded with ferns.
Then I came across a a T. P. bush, toilet paper sprouting from the ground, right next to the trail. Come on people, be responsible for your T. P. either carry or bury your used paper, is that so hard to do? I buried these two, you're welcome. Okay, on a side note, this isn't the first time I've seen T. P. by the trail - apparently an hiker (presumably a woman) just doesn't seem to care. "Ewww, I don't want to touch that!" Okay, don't get me started.
There were a lot of blow-downs today. Blow-downs are fallen trees. When they cross the trail they present interesting obstacles, one was too high to climb over, to long, in both directions, to easily go around, and too low to go under (with my pack on). So I had to unload my pack, crawl under, then reload.
Late in the day I realized that 31 miles was out of the question so I would shoot for 29, at mile 27 my legs were almost gone, at times I was like a drunk, wobbling from one side of the trail to the other - then I'd get it together for a while.
Just before dark I arrived at 2214, how did I pull this off!? 29 miles and another big verticle day of 6,239 feet
Oh, did I tell you that I am back in the 2 person tent? Yeah, it weights almost 2 lbs more but it is so roomy! Everything fits inside - I should have brought the croquet set to play a round after dinner -naw, too tired.
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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