View/Sign my Guestbook
MIke "Nikey Mikey" Overby
Begins: May 5, 2012
Date: Thu, May 10th, 2012
Start: Campground at mile 329
End: McDonalds/Best Western at mile 343
Daily Distance: 14
Trip Distance: 86.0
Entry Visits: 144
Journal Visits: 2,502
Guestbook Views: 81
Guestbook Entrys: 2
Pacific Crest Trail Map
Start - Mile 329
End - Mile 343
Miles - 14
Before describing today's ugly trip...it probably deserves some background.
Last year I developed Plantar Fasctitus in my feet after the ill fated 274 mile trip. The solution to that was shoe inserts that have worked fine for 12 months. I just slip the stiff inserts into whatever shoes I wear and away we go. In running or hiking shoes like my Merrill shoes they sell...don't give...thin rubber liners to go over the inserts and subsitute for the original inserts. The problem this year is that those thin rubber liners were not stiff enough to aborb shock from all the rocks and rills of the trail. By the 3rd day my feet started to feel like they had been beaten by a weightlifter with a big steel rod. More than just a little discomfort.
The second issue was I did not pack any electolyte supplement like gator aide. I had one small canteen with a mix but no powder to start the hike. I had shipped bags of gator aide powder in my resupply boxes, but didn't have any with me during the first week. BIG MISTAKE.
By today, this "Whimpey Kid Secton Hiker" started to feel pain by noon when the temp got up to 100 degrees. This was desert at it's best with no shade and no water. The relatively short 14 mile hike to HWY 15 and a McDonlds took me an extra 3 hours - with all my rest stops to rest my suffering feet and try to get the energy to keep going.
By 6 pm I finally reached the McDonalds by the Highway and crashed - consuming great quantities of ice cold cola. Instead of returning to the trail the Best Western around the corner on the other side of the Highway looksd real nice.
Spent night there and pondered my next day - which is a 28 mile waterless uphill streath to Wrighwood.
Hiking to raise funds for Natioal Smokejumper Association Good Samaritan Fund. Go to www.firstgiving.com/smokejumpers. Thanks fot you support.