No reserve, no retreat, and no regrets.
– William Bordon
Aspens above pond to Lujan Creek
Thru-hiking is not for whimps. Seriously. Yes, the scenery can be beautiful, the sense of adventure big, and being out in nature 24/7 is amazing. BUT it is hard, you can get tired, hot, dirty, cold, and hungry. Sometimes believe it or not, it is all I can do to put one foot in front of the other and just go. What I do know is…while in the hard parts it does end and the rewards are always amazing with huge pay offs!
The route today was really a big road walk amongst aspen lined hillsides. Water was a huge problem today. Most of the water sources we couldn’t find and it was warm. Wired said it was 85 degrees at our lunch stop. Dramatic difference from the last week.
Before highway 114 along side the trail two coolers with sodas were waiting for thru-hikers by a very generous trail angel. TRAIL MAGIC. I quickly chugged down a lemon like soda and was pleased to find in the register that Silly Chili had been through here earlier today. There has been no cell service since we started this section to communicate with him. I am super relieved that he is okay.
We are camped tonight with Bone Lady, No Amp, and Swiss Cheese. Tomorrow is supposed to be rocky trail that is difficult.
Starbursts will get you up most hills with a better attitude and energy. Just stick one in your mouth and suck on it the whole way up. I discovered this magic when Wired offered me one every time we went uphill. Thanks Wired.