Location- Lake Tahoe
Elevation- 7,474 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 22 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 1092.2 miles
Weather/Temp- clear 60s 70s
Pain level- low
Days without shower- 0
Began hiking before 7 am, and Katana had tender feet right off the bat. I didn’t even sweat it; my resolve was absolute today.
I carried her for every step of the 22 miles today, up and down the climbs and descents that totaled well into the thousands of feet. As a motivating factor, I didn’t eat today while hiking. No breakfast, no lunch, no snacks. In the right circumstances, I feel like this strategy focuses me. Knowing that a town lies within reach, depriving myself of what I want/need actually gives me strength, mental, then physical, to accomplish what I need to accomplish. The hunger pains drive me to push harder and faster to get where I need to be, in order to have what I want to have. It’s nothing more than a mind game with myself. Making counterproductive decisions, in order to increase the production/output of my mind and body.
We hiked so steady and fast, we knocked out the 22 miles to the road by a quarter after 4 pm. We caught a ride into Tahoe, checked into a motel 6, dropped katana off in the room, then began our journey to a casino buffet.
The process of catching a bus, getting to the casino, waiting in line to pay, waiting in line to be seated, and fighting the food lines took over two hours. Those two hours were harder than the 22 mile hike earlier today. Food was all around us, but our minds were made up on the buffet, the first buffet of the entire trail. It was 100% worth the trouble and wait.
The plans for tomorrow are up in the air. This town is colorful and beautiful, but the crowds of perfume drenched tourists really sucks the life out of me. Thousands of people trying to be a million different things…exhausting.