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City: Mount Vernon
Begins: May 27, 2015
Date: Sat, May 30th, 2015
Start: Mile 73.4
End: Mile 101.1
Daily Distance: 27.7
Trip Distance: 101.1
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Last night was warm and it was still 75 degrees at sunrise; not the best sleeping conditions for me. I hit the trail at 6 which is later than I hope to be the norm. I want to break camp in daylight this first week until I am comfortable I am organized enough to not leave something important behind in the dark.
I arrived at Scissor's Crossing and was elated to find the small water cache I had hoped for was indeed there. I arrived with 1 quart of water and that wasn't going to get the job ahead done. I was thankful to not have to leave the trail several miles for water. I drank a quart and loaded a gallon so I now had 5 quarts for the hot, exposed climb ahead. I needed every drop.
By 8:30 I was under my umbrella and struggling with the heat. Jarrod caught me and we yo-yoed up and up with the temp in the 90's. It was a brutal day as I seemed to be running my engine at the redline. I know my blood supply is split between cooling my body core, survival, and feeding and cleaning my muscles and with this heat there doesn't seem to be a lot left for the legs which are fine otherwise. I went in and out of lactic acid burn as I sought to find the right pace for the heat and trail slope.
We soldiered on with the temperature reaching 96 late in the morning and finally reached a freshly stocked 3rd Gate water cache. We took a good break there and decided Barrel Springs would be a good place to camp for the day. We were both spent and had more climbing to do.
I am concerned I am not eating much at the moment as I find drinking 2 plus gallons of hot water each day doesn't do much for my appetite. I am forcing myself to eat some even though I am never hungry. I seem to be living off body fat. I get nauseous after a while even trying to choke down water that is above body temperature. That I have to do to avoid heat stroke.
We arrived at Barrel Springs just after sunset and found a large group of day hikers camped there. There is plenty of camping so we set up at a great site in the back. They of course wanted to talk about thru-hiking and one of them has one planned for 2017. They were generous with some water, beer, and even their chicken kabobs which I nibbled at. We were invited to join them at their campfire but declined because we both couldn't hit the sack soon enough. A nice ending to a tough day.
May you never be too old for adventure,