Miles today: 16.7
Trail miles: 256.2
Spinning on the turntable: Kid Rock: Born Free
Today we needed big miles to make it to the next water source. On the map below we stayed at the arrow on the lower left and we needed to make it to the water symbol at the upper center of the map (just above the word California).
We trimmed our morning break to fifteen minutes and our lunch to thirty minutes. We were tired when we rolled into camp but happy to see fellow hikers.
It was our longest stretch so far without a water supply, about 15 miles. We loaded up with an extra liter of water and did our best to make good time.
The more water we carry equates to higher feelings of security. The more water we carry equates to more pack weight. 1 liter of water weighs 2.2 lbs. The more water we carry the slower we hike. The slower we hike the more water we need.
We made it to camp with an extra liter of water, so I carried an extra 2.2lbs of dead weight all day for no reason. Not a big deal for a day, but we’ll need to dial this in before the desert section where we’ll be carrying 6 to 8 liters each. We each currently carry two to three liters.