Distance Traveled Today- 10 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 570.7 miles
Weather/Temp- clear, 70s 80s
Injuries- BAD Chafing
Pain level- moderate to high
Wildlife encounters- horses, cows, llamas
Human Beings encountered on trail- 2
Thru hikers encountered on trail- 2
Days without shower- 0
Days without laundry- 0
Good grief was it hot last night! I slept on top of my sleeping bag and still sweated like Gary Glitter in Toys r’ us.
When I awoke this morning, it was not to a pleasant surprise. I’ve only had it happen a hand full of times, but I sweated so much in my sleep, that I woke up chafed in the nether regions. Everything was fine when I went to bed, but became “not fine” over night. I powder up with gold bond medicated body powder every morning and afternoon, and that usually keeps me “golden” all day, every day. It looks like on these hot nights I’m going to have to start powdering up before bed. Usually I’d only powder up before bed if I was already having a problem. Now I’m going to have to get even more preemptive.
I did run into two other thru hikers today who were headed north. They were German and heading along the same route as me due to fire closures at a trail head further south. They gave me info on what I had ahead of me on the road, and I did the same for them. We parted ways after only a couple minutes.
So it was a slightly uncomfortable 10 miles into the town of Salmon Idaho, and by the time I’d had an early lunch at a local diner and dried/cooled off in the AC…everything was raw. So I decided to give the boys a break for the rest of the day and do some maintenance on my clothing and myself. I hadn’t done laundry in almost two weeks, so I’m sure that was a contributing factor. Not to mention I’ve never spent this much time on a hot road in this kind of heat. I’m sure my oysters feel like they’re in the fire with all this extra heat reflecting up from below on the asphalt.
Chafing or not, I plan to hit a big day on the road tomorrow and be back on trail after tomorrow at the earliest, or the day after that at the latest. I can smell the end of Montana, only a few hundred more miles…
Ah, I almost forgot. That sound I heard several nights ago at Johnson Lake that I described as a pterodactyl or a drone…I figured it out today. While walking along the Salmon River this morning I spooked up a small flock of Geese. They took off across the water and went right by me making the exact sound I heard. Now that I could see it and hear it, it reminded me more of someone throwing a bolas. So…another wilderness mystery solved.