Camp: My CDT mile 1636
I have not been sleeping great the past few nights, slightly nervous as I approach grizzly country. When I come back to the trail after this next town stop, it’s on. I have bear spray and all of the proper food hanging equipment waiting at the post office for me and hopefully a dose or two of extra courage. I try not to listen to every sound as I’m trying to fall asleep, but I hear them all and it keeps me up. I’m trying to relax about it, bear attacks aren’t common, it’s just quite out of my comfort zone. As it should be, I suppose. Caution won’t hurt.
That said, I had trouble falling asleep, but once I was there I slept solid. I woke up naturally at 6, which has become the new norm for me. It seems to be a good time with my new schedule. I’m trying to do 25 mile days as the status quo and it takes about 12-13 hours with breaks…unless it is a flat day, then I can do more. 25 seems to be the wall for me anyway, just the right amount of tired without pushing myself too hard. If I can keep it up I’ll be in great shape for finishing by October. It’s happening fast.
Anyway, today was not that eventful. It was picturesque and serene. I wanted to find time for swimming today, but the clouds kept a pretty good cover on the sun today and it simply wasn’t hot enough. I need a good hot day to get into water that cold. The upside to that is that it was exceptional hiking weather. I felt great all day, again not needing to take any pain relief for my feet. I will only hike about 5 miles in the morning and then stay in town tomorrow night. It will be good to rest and bathe and eat everything possible. I purposefully didn’t push to get in tonight (I could have), but this saves me money and I still get almost a whole day off. I’m looking forward to this one! For now, trying not to think about bears. Goodnight!