Good things about this zero day: getting rides to the PO and grocery store by wonderful trail angels (thanks again Kay!!), seeing hiking friends, throwing out the old worn out shoes, moving to the Best Western, getting most of my chores done. Best of all: getting my old tent in the mail! My palace….my heavy palace, but it is so worth it not to have to fiddle every night and worry about the tent blowing down on me.
Not so good things: developing a sore throat and hoarse voice, still hacking up a lung with a nasty cough which sounds just awful according to Rei and Teddy Rose, stressing about water (or lack thereof) in the next section, and feeling the heat (and it’s not even 90 degrees). Worst of all: realizing I’m a walking medical disaster this year. I kept thinking the cough was just due to the dust aggravating my asthma, or allergies since the tree pollen is moderate here…but I may have to face the fact I actually caught a cold. Good grief, at least I am still “ahead” of schedule, and the horde that started with Kickoff, but it’s depressing watching all the folks I’ve been hiking with move on, or talk about moving on, without me.
Tomorrow: yet another zero day to actually rest, eat lots of fruits and veggies, and hopefully find yet another ride to the PO to mail home the tent I’ve been using. It seems like I’ve been having to take lots of zeros so far, but if this helps me make it to Canada I can’t complain. I’m really not in a rush to get to Kennedy Meadows and the start of the Sierra – apparently there was snow still falling around Yosemite this week, and temps forecast at Forrester Pass in the lower 30s, for highs, next week. That’s a bit extreme for the gear I have with me. Regardless, it should be cooler here on Saturday, still hoping I can hike out then.
The old shoes and insoles – what you can’t see well is that the inner lining was almost all torn up and/or missing. The new ones glow neon orange in comparison!