24.9 miles (40km)
Windmill Camp (377.4) to Highway Camp (402.3)
Again I set off alone. I’m a morning person. My hiking buddies are not. And yet again it was road walking all day.
I’m trying to find a highlight for today but I guess my mood didn’t really let me appreciate the hike. I regret not taking a side trail called the rim walk trail. It would have taken me off the highway for about 4 miles. Instead I suffered walking the main highway 117. It did walk through some nice lava fields. There were some nice cliffs in the area. There was a nice natural arch. But I have a hankering to be lost on a remote mountain or navigating through remote areas. I know it is coming. I know I will be challenged. I known I will be pushed to struggle through deep snow and high altitude mountains soon enough. All I can say is, bring it on.