Day 26 | mile 535.0 - 566.5
The wind calmed down at night and I woke up to a beautiful starry sky at 11:30. I actually thought it might’ve been time to wake up. I looked at my watch and snoozed for another 6 hours. Woke up with a start at 5:30 thinking it was super late.
It was warm, so I didn’t have much trouble getting out of my bag. Oatmeal with perfect bar for breakfast.
I didn’t see Radar, so I just started walking. InReach not tracking again. Agh.
It was hot and windy in this section. Walked through the wind farm the first 6 miles.
There were a ton of people hanging out by the stream. Everyone was chatting. I sat in the shade next to an older guy who smelled like my grandma. We didn’t say a word to each other, but it was nice.
The water was filthy. It just looked like thin mud, honestly. I usually carry dirty water and filter as I drink. Not this time. I just had to filter before I started walking because otherwise I’d be carrying a bunch of mud in addition to water. I tried to pre-filter it with my shirt, but it didn’t work. Just ended up clogging my filter and having to back flush it. Back flushing it was satisfying!
I was the last person to leave the stream, but ended up catching up and passing people on the uphill switchbacks. Listened to 99% invisible about doctors giving patients bad news. Very interesting!
Saw Radar coming down the switchbacks to the steam when I was almost at the top. I guess he got a late start.
There was a water cache and sun umbrellas at the top of the climb. Lots of people resting there. I filled up one water bottle and continued. Everyone is in their groups and I feel super awkward at these group gatherings.
Listened to The Habitat on the way down to pass the time. It’s a podcast about an experiment where they locked 6 people up in a small dome in Hawaii for a year to simulate a mission to Mars. It’s pretty funny!
Chatted with Alex which made me feel better.
Another guy caught up with us and talked exclusively with Radar. It’s like I don’t exist.