Racing Winter on the Pacific Crest Trail – Day 113

​Day- 113

Date- 8/6/16

Location- Forested ridge

Elevation- 7,156 ft

Distance Traveled Today- 25.8 miles

Distance Traveled Total- 1,583.6 miles

Weather/Temp- partly cloudy, 70s

Injuries- none

Pain level- low

Spirits/Morale- relaxed

Days without shower- 4

Hunger/craving- low


Managed to get back to the trail by 9, and hiking by 9:30 after talking with some other hikers that were sitting by the road. 

I felt good,  but I didn’t feel like rushing myself. Keeping a very comfortable pace,  I took very few breaks as I encountered 1,200 ft climb after 1,200 ft climb.  I think I did about four of those in total,  each descent being about the same as the climb.  It was grueling,  but I didn’t exert myself.  

To be honest,  it was a very uneventful and unproductive day in terms of interesting thoughts, internal dialogues, wildlife, etc. 

I stopped hiking around 7, with a little over 25 miles completed.  It’s so cool to see what was once considered a big day, come so easily to me now.  As I pushed myself harder,  my legs began to move faster with less effort each day.  What feels like “leisurely walking” with minimal effort,  is actually a 3+mph pace.  My body is reaching the levels of endurance that its been reaching for.  

“Push until you feel you can go no further,  then push a little more;  next time that feeling will come later.”

Words to live by.  

I want 36 miles tomorrow.  

Go to Day 114.


  1. We are landlocked in Kansas and really enjoy reading your blog. Congratulations on your accomplishments!!
    This last photo of Mt. Shasta is great – I just stole it for my desktop background. 🙂

    Stay safe – looking forward to your next book.

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