Man Northern California is kicking my butt! In all honesty. You'd think after doing this for 3 months it would get easier, but it hasn't. Oilcan and caveman arrived pretty early in morning (with my wallet which I had left in the hotel room back in Tahoe - thank god) and we went out for breakfast. I still had no appetite but ordered and forced down some toast.
The boys stuffed their faces then we went back to the general store to charge up, resupply and get back to the trail. Just as we were packing up I realized my spot was missing. Great I though.
For those non hikers out there a spot is a little gps emergency device that allows me to contact someone if I fall off a cliff or something really bad happens - it's basically a satellite phone. Anyways, I carry it for my parents piece of mind.
I hadn't used it since two nights prior since the evening before I was in town and I usually hit it before bed on trail. I searched around then broke the news to my mom, and posted on Facebook about it incase someone found it on trail. Blah. Finally by noon we were headed back to the trail. I still felt weak but we were only doing fifteen miles (mostly uphill) and I was going to take it slow and steady. I walked and listened to some #girlboss radio - I'm trying podcasts and open to suggestions! Anyways somehow I was able to keep up with the boys all afternoon which given my health in the days past was a good sign. I actually ate some snacks as we hiked and had a real dinner that night! Finally I was getting better.
The following days I felt mostly better, with some gas pain here and there. We had been running into a guy name Daytripper for a few days and he used to live in a town called Quincy - small and quaint with a nice co-op. He was getting a ride into town and offered for us to join. I was having a pain outbreak and worried I might have "the G" as we call it (giardia). So we all cruised into town and went out to dinner ( my pain passed and I was able to eat) then camped at Daytripper's buddies house. The next morning we all got more food then we're back on trail by noon. I hiked slow, and was engulfed in serial season one. I've found that with podcasts I hike slower but I feel like I could hike for hours without a break, and with music I can hike fast but need a break every hour or hour and a half.
We had a short day coming out of town. I've noticed my body struggles coming out of zero days or time spent in town. I don't know if it just wants more rest or what, oh well. The next few days we put in big miles. Usually somewhere near 27 miles a day. The mornings are nice. They fly by and I often hike with no music or to something mellow or on repeat just for background music. One morning I had a very productive think session with myself.
Before the trail I was so interested to see where my mind wandered too. Turns out, it doesn't. Most of the time my thoughts are resemblant of a child. Something hurts or I'm hungry/tired/cranky, or I'm just zoned out to music and thinking about my feet so I don't roll my ankle or trip.
Anyways, belden was another nothing town the trail passes through that it's actually just a building with a convenient store ( I grabbed a Gatorade and a brownie). As we passed through there were hundreds of people and tents around, oh and stages. Walked right though a huge electronic music festival thing by accident at about 9 in the morning. I felt anxious with so many people around and got in and back out to the trail as fast as I could. We all had lunch at a picnic table then started a 14 mile uphill climb. Sometimes your legs are lead.
I've started to realize that I need to have dinner between 5 and 6 otherwise I have no energy. It's crazy what a difference it makes. Also, my stove broke and I sent it home in Quincy, so soaking food ahead of time is all I got. So far it's not so bad!
The following day, it was half way day. The morning moved slow but I had a tasty lunch, and made it to the half way point by 5pm. There were about 8 people there when I got there and our crew all had wine (that Whitney so kindly had been carrying for a few days). We drank and hung out, took photos then continued into camp just shy of a town called Chester. In the morning I woke up to Whitney talking to someone - Momento!
Momento is the ultimate speed chiller. He can crush 40 miles day after day, but still knows how to chill. This trail will also be his triple crown (which means you've hiked the three long scenic trails - Appalachian trail, pacific crest trail and continental divide trail). Did I mention he's a bad ass? Anyways he caught us - no surprise. We all hiked into Chester early the next morning and stuffed out faces with breakfast.
We spent the night watching tv, cleaning up, doing laundry and stuffing our faces. The next morning we got an easy hitch back to the trail first thing, slightly before Oilcan, caveman and momento. We knew they weren't far behind and they all hike fast, so it wouldn't be long before they caught us.