PCT mile: 256.2
After putting in 24 miles yesterday, I wasn’t sure if I could do the full 20 miles today. Let’s see if my body will respond.
The next reliable water source was about 15 miles away so I would be carrying 6.5 L of water. That’s about 7 more pounds that I’m not used carrying.
Right out of the shoot, I’m climbing. Jeez, not just a gradual, good morning to you, kind of climb either. I immediately change my goal from number of miles to a workout zone. By that I mean keeping my heart rate between 140 and 150 bpm. I define sauntering as something like windowshopping. I define plodding as 1.5-2 mph. I was hiking somewhere between a saunter and a plod… for three hours. It’s crazy. I left camp at 6:30am and by noon I had knocked out 11 miles! There is one thing about the PCT, if you climb long enough, you’ll eventually start going down. Not flat…but down.
I had reached my goal and had calculated my food perfectly. I have one bar left for breakfast in the morning. It’s going to be an easy 10 miles x 10 a.m.