Day 35

Day- 35
Date- 5-18-16
Location- Side of trail
Elevation- 3,488 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 34.5 m. of trail
Distance Traveled Total-  512.8
Weather/Temp- clear,  70s
Injuries- none
Pain level- low
Spirits/Morale- anxious for katana
Days without shower- 5
Hunger/craving- low
Thoughts/Stories-

We walked around 23 miles today,  about 20 of which were all done on the road. As a consequence,  we gained about 34 miles of trail.

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I’ll tell ya,  road walking is physically easy (besides being hard on the feet), but incredibly boring and mentally exhausting. 

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Besides stopping for lunch at a hotel restaurant while walking through Lake Hughes, virtually nothing exciting happened. 

The highlights included walking by an ostrich farm,  rescuing a baby Gopher Snake from the road, encountering a dead deer,  and being given a couple of ice cold beers from an older couple sitting around in their front yard. 

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Katana rode my shoulders for over 16 of the 20ish road miles.  The asphalt was too hot, and filled with too much debris.  I let her walk around 7 pm,  once we turned down a nicely paved road that had very little traffic.

We got to the trailhead at dark, and after a short break, decided to do a few more miles in the dark before pulling over and cowboy camping on the side of the trail. 

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We crossed the 500 mile mark today,  leaving us with less than 200 miles of desert to go.  I can see the end in sight for the toughest stretch of this trail; the rest will be the mental slog of walking for such a prolonged period of time,  but other than that,  the worst of the heat, water, and logistical problems will be behind us. 

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Katana’s energy levels have been good, along with her motivation to hike.  Her eye is still swollen, and has developed a bit of a blue glaze to it that has me extremely worried.  Tomorrow I’m planning on hiking 5 miles into the “hiker town” hostel,  then seeking an emergency follow up appointment at a vet’s office. We’ll see what happens…

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7 Comments

  1. This is the first blog I have ever followed and I truly feel like I am getting to personally know you guys. Let everyone quickly how the little one’s eye is!

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  2. Like another person said,this is the only blog I follow. I look forward to reading it as soon as I see a new post. Take care,and I hope Katana’s eye heals quickly.

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