Miles hiked: 16.8, into Section F!
Camped at: Golden Oaks Spring, with Happy Feet and others
Today was a mentally challenging day that ended well. My coughing was really rough the first 5 miles, as I climbed out of Tehachapi. I was having to go very very slow in order not to start wheezing. I even contemplated returning to town, but I’m glad I didn’t. I truly think I’m on the upswing now, no sore throat at all, and despite taking much longer than I liked to, I still made it nearly 17 miles by 7pm. I was pretty emotional today too, typical as I just started my period (sorry guys!). I was teary (both sad and happy) over the silliest of things – the wind blowing hard, thinking about sleeping in my Big Agnes tent again tonight and the fact that the last time I slept in it was at Katadhin Stream campground the night before I finished the AT, the list goes on and on.
Now I’m curled up in my tent, my home, marveling at the space and SO HAPPY I didn’t have to fiddle when setting it up getting into camp on the later side. Ahhh, good decision made. Really enjoying having the thermarest xlite again, too. Now, if only I could breathe out of my nose, I’d be perfectly comfy!
My get-up to avoid so much sand going into my lungs: