Distance Traveled Today- 16 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 1328.8 miles
Weather/Temp- clear 80s 90s
Pain level- low
Days without shower- 0
Hit the trail at 7:30 feeling tired but strong. Once I got the blood flowing, I blasted out 6.5 uphill miles without breaking stride, took a break on top of the ridge, guzzled water, then began my approach to the halfway monument.
Since entering Lassen National Forest, the trail has been incredibly overgrown to the point of not even being able to see the trail. You simply have to push through the foliage as it scrapes against your body, sometimes painfully. A lot of the trail for the last hundred miles has been very overgrown, but the last two days have been really bad. Below are two pictures of the trail…although you can’t really see it.
I hit the halfway “monument” around 8ish miles into the morning. It was pretty anticlimactic, but no less surreal to hike over 1,300 miles and know you’re only halfway done.
I did another 8 leisurely miles to a highway by 1:30pm, but it took me over an hour to score a ride into the town of Chester with an elderly man named Bob. I’m waiting to pick up some antibiotics that should be arriving tomorrow. If I’ve got any bugs in my system, these are going to take care of them.
Town plans…eat, drink sweet tea, and be merry. Soak up the surroundings and the people. The towns are spacing out again, so I’m looking forward to doing some more really big consecutive days.
On a side note, I think I may shave my beard tomorrow. It’s so hot and dusty, my beard is nothing but a tangled, coarse, grimey mess. I’ve done the beard thing, and although it’s a thru hike tradition, I feel like I won’t miss it. Actually I probably will, but I know I’ll feel 100 times better and look about 15 years younger.