So, I’ve made it 109 miles, and so far….no problem! I feel strong and it only took me 24 hours to accept that I’m just going to be dirty as all get-out for the next 4-5 weeks. I’d say that it only takes about 8 hours to accumulate the kind of dirt that makes a dirt river in the shower. On the A.T. that would have taken a good 5 days to achieve. So, the dirty trail award goes to Southern California.
I’m not struggling in the heat as much as I was afraid I would. The toughest thing, I’d say so far, is the long stretches without water. So far my longest has been 24 miles, and there’s a thirty miler coming up in just a couple of days. But it’s all good. I think I got this.
I haven’t seen any rattlers, but I might be the only one. I like to believe it’s because I have a mascot who protects me. Every single day I see one small, black snake with a white stripe down it’s back. I like to say it’s the same snake, I call her Zippy, and when she passes by, I can almost here her say, “Way to go!” in a cute little snake voice. I asked around, and no one else is seeing these snakes, so I think she’s my guardian reptile. No, I haven’t gone crazy from the heat yet. I’ve always been this childish.
My body is holding on strong. I’ve been able to average 20 miles a day right out of the gate. So that puts me well ahead of schedule already. This feels great! I find it considerably easier than the A.T. so far. Way less up and down.
There’s a line of hikers waiting for the computer, so I should get going. I had a shower and a veggie burger here at the Werner Springs Community Center and I’m feeling like a million bucks! Last night there was the most incredible trail magic in a place that felt like Eden. Trees, running water, and a grill out with beer and all kinds of food! Two couples just sit out with their RVs for three days and cook all day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the hikers. It was amazing!
Should just be a hearty 3 days into Idyllwild, where I’ll spend my first zero. I’m really excited for it. That should mean that Tuesday is a day off, and in reception, so don’t be shy. We all know how much I love to talk:)
Thanks for all the support, it really means a lot!