I awoke refreshed today after my day off in Julian. My blisters were noticeably improved this morning and I was raring to hit the trail! This time I only had to wait about 10 minutes for a ride back to Scissors Crossing.
I woke up this morning with every intention of hiking out of Julian after running some errands. But my motivation waned as I sat down to a lovely breakfast of waffles with homemade apple compote. My blistered feet hurt and I felt exhausted. Janis and Jason both planned to take zero days today and that sounded mighty fine by me.
Today is my first 16+ mile day! I woke up early with wind gusts battering my tent, and my first thought was that I wanted to get to Julian tonight. Last night’s wind storm was a bummer and the thought of sleeping in a real bed was just too tempting! I was motivated and on the trail by 6:30 am.
I’m currently camped on a patch of ground next to the trail near mile 60.5 with wind whipping the tent in giant gusts. Grit is blowing into the tent and my hands are covered with a layer of grime. I’m not entirely sure if my tent will survive the night intact, but I’m too tired to look for another spot and not sure if I’ll find anything better over the next 3 miles.
I woke up feeling tired again this morning. I suspect I’m fighting a stomach bug or maybe I ate something that didn’t agree with me. I started the day by hiking the 3 miles up into Mt Laguna for my first real town day! As I got close to town, the landscape changed as I had hiked above 6000 feet to a high desert mountain forest. It’s so nice to see trees again!
I slept fitfully last night. I’m not used to sleeping with a group and woke up every time someone rustled as I’m a light sleeper. I could hear some other hikers getting up shortly after 5:00 am and so decided I might as well get up too as I wasn’t going back to sleep. It was still dark out with the first glimmers of light glowing at the edges of the sky. I put my feet outside my tent only to discover that my shoes were completely frozen!
I woke up around 7:00 am – and realized I got 11 hours of sleep! Wow. No wonder I was so tired the night before. I guess my body really needed sleep. I wasn’t in a huge hurry this morning – I’m not trying to make big miles yet as I want to give my body time to adjust so no need to rush things. I heated some water and poured it in the bag of oatmeal with plans to eat when arrived at Hauser Creek. Sometimes I’m not hungry when I wake up and like to eat at my first break.