Racing Winter on the Pacific Crest Trail – Day 81

Day- 81
Date- 7-4-16
Location- Side of Lake
Elevation- 8,763 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 21.3 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 1,049 miles
Weather/Temp- clear,  70s
Injuries- none
Pain level- low
Spirits/Morale- happy
Days without shower- 2
Hunger/craving- buffet


We got a later start,  a little after 7 am, and right away, I felt like my head wasn’t in the game.  My body felt great,  but mentally, I didn’t want to hike. Going from hiking hard everyday,  then taking 6 zeros, growing complacent, then going right back to hiking hard again has really done a number on mental flow.  Despite the lazy mental slog,  we still bagged over 20 miles.


Katana was on point,  enough for the both of us.  When Schweppes and I would take one of our frequent breaks, she would only sit for 5 or 10 mins before she was up and cruising down the trail,  forcing me to chase her.


Once again,  the trail was mostly broken up rock,  but Katana still wanted to power through it.  Part of me is hopeful that it won’t affect her, but I know that’s wishful thinking. It’s so frustrating because the climbs are so easy,  but something as trivial as little rocks are making for a major obstacle for the little dog.


Every chance Katana had,  she made for the snow packs. I never tried to call her back whenever she ran for them.  I’m sure it feels good on her paws, and she loves rolling around on them. She gets it out of her system,  then rushes to catch up with me.


We wrapped up the day next to a lake, just before sunset.  I made my fire, boiled my water,  cooked my macaroni and cheese,  put my fire out, and now little CatFox is curled up in my sleeping bag with me.

I could tell her paws were sore at the end of today. That’s a bad sign.  They’ll only get more tender over night, and the morning will be rough.  I’ve seen it too many times in the desert, and I’m dreading it now.

I’ve been having some terrible cramps in my legs lately,  I think due to dehydration.  I’ve figured out that with my main focus on Katana,  my water consumption has been cut almost in half; I just don’t think about it.


I hope tomorrow isn’t as bad as I think it’s going to be…

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