Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 125 Slow Forward Progress

Day 125
September 22
19.5 miles
PCT mile 2468.5

It started raining at 4:30am, which had me awake and quickly throwing my rain fly over my tent to prevent any of my stuff getting wet. I crawled back into the warmth of my sleeping bag and fell back asleep. 

I got a little later start due to the early morning rain. I waited until it had let up to pack up my stuff. Not even a mile into the day, it started to rain again, heavy enough to make me stop and get out my rain pants and poncho. That only lasted for less than two miles, the sky started to clear and I was getting too hot in my rain gear, so I stopped again to take off the rain gear., I can't keep up with the rain and find the right combination of clothing to keep me dry, warm and cool all at the same time.

The rest of the day continued without any rain, the miles seemed to be going by slowly, painfully slow as the day turned into evening and the daylight turned to night. 8pm and I got to camp at Wig Lake...not even 20 miles for the day. I was frustrated by the days slow progress, I would have preferred and been much happier with even three more miles, but hiking on seemed nonproductive at this time considering my two mile-per-hour pace. Rest, food, and sleep is what a needed and I conceded for the day.

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