Day 13 85.3- 101.3
16 miles hiked
I did not want to get up at 4:30 in the morning today. Not one bit. But I sluggishly got my ass in gear and slowly packed up. We were on trail by 5:30am. First time getting up before sunrise to hike so I realize I've had a lot of "firsts" in the last 12 hours.
We got to the top of a mountain in time to watch the sunrise and it was so beautiful I started crying. I decided to spread some of grandma and grandpa’s ashes because in less then 12 hours I had done three things that terrified me!
Night hiking, cowgirl camping, and waking up before sunrise to hike through the dark again.
I felt that was fitting to spread some of them at the sunrise because I had some big emotional moments recently working through all those fears and they would have been so proud of me. They are so proud of me. I know that every morning they will now see a beautiful sunrise at that spot (somewhere between scissors crossing and mile 100 hahaha)
After that sunrise the others hiked ahead with their faster pace. So it was just me from 7am to 3pm. My second solo day hike. And this one was hard. I cried. I screamed. I cheered. I sang. I laughed. I cried some more.
My chaffing was terrible. It really brought the morale low, so I listened to music today to try to keep my spirit up. I rested a lot in the shade. Shade hopping throughout the day.
I almost cried when I couldn’t find the water source of the day so I decided to wait for another person to come by and find it with them. I did find it so crisis adverted.
I met a grandma and grandpa on the trail and they interviewed me and will put it on their youtube channel so that was fun to do. I was exhausted at that time so the video will probably be pretty funny.
Just passed mile 100 now. Feet hurt too much to celebrate so I took a quick picture and walked on. Made it to 101 and got my hitch into the market.
My foot pain was so bad that I sat down in the store for a bit. I ate 2 frozen pizzas and 2 cold brisk iced teas. It was glorious. I didn't realize how bad my craving was for iced tea until that moment.
After I resupplied and I hitched back to camp. I kept to myself tonight and just hung out in my tent solo. I didn’t feel like socializing after the market. I was way too tired today.