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PCT Day 109 All you can eat = Bad day of Hiking

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4th August 2015

Mileage 14.2

Callahans Lodge (1725.5) to Bushcamp (1739.7)

Last nights meal was all you can eat. I ate all I could eat. The result was a peaceful relaxing sleep that came to an end at the rather late hour of 7.30. Mr & Mrs Smith likewise commented on their similarly restful nights sleep. 

Breakfast was all you could eat. I ate all I could eat. 4 coffees, 3 slices of bacon, 3 eggs, 6 pancakes and a bowl of fruit salad. Had I managed to eat 9 more pancakes I would have equalled the lodge record, I was told by the manager. Not today, not ever.

It was 11am when we pulled ourselves away from the comforts of the lodge to hit the trail. Smoke filled the air. Nearby fires reduced visibility significantly. Initially we followed the road next to the main Interstate highway.

When we finally hit the thin brown trail to Canada we were just not feeling it. Our bodies lacked energy. Probably cause it was trying to digest the huge meals we had eaten. Our bodies were in shock. I knew things were bad when both Mr & Mrs Smith said, “Shepherd, you go ahead”. That almost never happens. They usually smash the miles on the trail. They struggled.

After a couple of hours of slow hiking we stopped for water at a slow flowing spring that took about 5 minutes to get a litre of water. More like a dripping tap in the kitchen than a clean, clear, fast flowing mountain spring. We got to talking. We all felt like crap.

Worse than day one on trail at Campo on the Mexican border. There are days like this on the trail. Not great, lacking energy. We contemplated just stopping at the spring and camping. Just write the day off as a bad day and start over the next day.

We were next to water and had enough food, why not. But we decided to continue another 2 miles to the next spring. The 2 miles took 40 minutes. Not bad, we thought, considering our poor energy levels.

We discussed the options and decided to hike only another 2 miles then camp, rest, eat and sleep. It would be an early camp but why not. By 6pm we had camp set up and had finished dinner. The sun was a dull orange ball in the sky when it made an appearance at the end of the day. 

Today was just not our day and that’s ok. The trail was great despite the smoke and poor visibility. We are lucky to be here. We could be at work instead, we are the lucky ones. There were positives from the day. At least we were all feeling average, so nobody could feel like they were letting down the team. Sometimes, we all have bad days but tomorrow is another day.  

road walking
hard to read the sign but it says ‘no smoking’ on the trail!
pilot peak, dulled by the smoke haze
sometimes i need to stop and just look up
the spring

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Brad is an Australian who has completed the hiking Triple Crown after he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail. He has hiked on every continent (except Antarctica) and has cycled from Alaska to Ecuador. He is an expert on outdoor gear currently living in Chile.

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4 thoughts on “PCT Day 109 All you can eat = Bad day of Hiking”

  1. Enjoying your blog and the progress you are making. It’s always a good day if one is out there hiking through it. Can you possibly post a small map of where you are from time to time? Hope today 5 August is better!

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    • Thank you. I’ve been meaning to post a map on my site for a while but I need a computer to do it properly. Check out this overview map
      https://www.pctmap.net/maps/

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  2. Sometimes looking up makes its all worthwhile, and as you say there is tomorrow and you are 14 miles closer to Canada!!

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