Random thoughts, and snapshots of Hot Springs.
Day 40. I’d hoped to be in Damascus by now. I’m still OK, though, by all experienced accounts. I did do some math. For a mid-September finish with one zero per week, I’ll have to average something like 14.8 miles per day (including the zeroes). That’s a tough mpd average for me and will almost have to include some 20s.
Snowman, who’s hiked the trail before, said that after 300 or 400 miles the nerves in the bottoms of your feet just shut down. They get sick of being pounded and stop sending hamburger signals. I love that!
I’m going to try to hike by the clock rather than by the miles. Hike 7 to 12, take a 1-hour lunch break and potentially a nap, then hike 1 to 6. It’s not dark until 8:30 or afterward; plenty of time to set up and eat and journal. If my feet hurt at 3:00, I can stop for an hour, hike a mile, stop for an hour, hike for a mile, and still make camp at 6:00. Two extra miles per day adds up to 300 miles over the duration of the rest of the hike.
People wave to hikers here! 🙂
I’m going to stop using my footprint in the rain. It’s just one more heavy piece of sodden garbage to carry. And I’m going to nap on it during my breaks.
I don’t have my rain system fully worked out. Before now, it was always, you know… snow. But the rain starts now in earnest. Rain tomorrow, rain Thursday, rain Friday.
I’m going stoveless to Erwin to see how I like it. That would save me a pound in the summer. Every ounce is huge. Even if I keep the stove, I think I can send another half pound of miscellanea home. And in the summer, I’ll probably send home the rain pants!
Trying another new packing system. Adapt, adapt, adapt.
More as I think of it. Or not. Oh, and my digestive system is fine today. Just too much greasy fatty caffeinated food!
And for your viewing pleasure, a photo tour of Hot Springs. And a picture of Outside Dog eating a bagel. 🙂