Near Jeep Rd N of “A” Tree Spring(1220.8)-Feather River(1250.3)
Today’s Mileage: 29.5mi
My goal until I reach Ashland is to at least average 25mi/day. Deep down, I’d like to do 30mi days. It’s still a bit early for that with elevation changes and areas with snow, but I’d like to try. Looking at today’s elevation chart, I knew there might be a chance for my first 30mi day.
I got going just before 7am, which is still later than I’d like, but I’ve decided to let myself indulge in the snooze button if needed for awhile. I don’t want this to feel like all work and no play, so I’m trying to go off what feels right when I’m solo. Today, it was snoozing a bit longer. The day started off with an hour and a half of annoying snow, slow navigation, and bushwhacking on a steep ridge. After that, most of the day was downhill with a few extended uphill climbs. Again, I am loving the shaded forest with soft pine needle ground.
The day was really dragging and I was quickly losing motivation. It has gotten much warmer the last few days and even at night. It was kinda muggy and probably in the upper 80’s today. I was happy much of the day was shaded, but the climbs in the sun wore me out and I took more breaks than usual. Here’s a picture on a ridge where I had lunch.
Since I’m sweating more, I’ve noticed I need to carry more water. I’ve also noticed I have to actually pay attention to when water sources are coming, unlike the past month, where water was always flowing in abundance. I actually had to go off trail to get water from a spring. It changed so suddenly!
Around 1pm, I crossed the road to Quincey(a trail town I’m not going to), checked my phone for reception, and called my sister. She is due to have her first baby in 5wks and had texted this pic to me.
I am quite excited to be getting reception more often again and it’s nice to be able to post my journals within a day or two. While I was there, the first person I saw for the day was a woman named Gretchen who was doing a bike ride. Talking with her was nice and it was a good excuse to take an extended break in the shade.
After that, I had another climb and had accepted that today would probably be right around 25mi. I just didn’t have the motivation to push in the heat. After the climb, I came to an area with lots of wildflowers and butterflies. I liked it a lot.