Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25
I hiked 25 miles yesterday, so 25 more today should be no problem, right?
Someone put a bunch of rocky trail in the way.
The Goat Rocks Wilderness is a beautiful area, and yes there are rocks, and also goats, mountain goats.
We hiked a bit of alternate trail, a piece of old PCT trail that heads up to a bit called the Knife Edge and then back down to join the new PCT route along what used to be a bypass for horse riders to use because horses can't be safely ridden or maybe even walked along the old PCT route. Now the PCT just takes everyone along the bypass and avoids the higher route.
More elevation gain and loss and tougher trail made today much harder than yesterday, and despite getting up earlier and taking a shorter lunch, the day didn't end until well after dark.
Fortunately Tim was there with the truck, waiting to take us to town for dinner and a place to sleep. Taking tomorrow off from hiking to rest and heal and resupply. 25 days since our last "zero day" in Ashland, we need the break.