PCT mile 471
In my experience, so far, once you're in civilization, it much, much, much harder to get that early start you intend. There's always something to do, someone to talk to, something to eat, etc, etc.
By the time I was ready it was 11am. Lady Luck, Hans Pilgrim and Snake Charmer, were also heading out. I told them to go ahead and I'd catch up later, I still wanted to weigh my pack with the new shakedown I had just done, after listening to some of IPod's (previous multiple thru-hiker, helping out at Hiker Heaven) advice. 3 days of food, 2L water, and gear: 32 pounds, much better.
The first few miles were road walking through Agua Dulce, then about 4 miles in or so, a southern exposure climb with the sun beating down on you started. Every time I find myself in this situation, I say...I should have started earlier, I know better, I should have gotten an earlier start, I wouldn't be so dang hot.
I caught up to the other 3 at the first water spot, about 10 miles in. I didn't stay too long because I didn't have the patience to filter my water and there was another cache with filtered water in 2 miles, I went on thinking the others would catch me when I stopped, but I didn't see them for the rest of the afternoon/evening. I pulled into the oasis cache around 8pm and called it a night. My legs felt trashed just after 18 miles.