0920 TRT: Day 9

0920 TRT: Day 9

September 20: 11miles

Gray Lake to Brockway Summit Trailhead

The night was mostly calm, but a cold wind has arisen as the morning light begins to show. We go for a quick nature walk where I also gather our food bags, then back under the quilt for 30 minutes.

We eat. I pack. I go to the lake outlet to wash out my 2nd pair of socks. When I’m done my hands are painfully cold. I put gloves on and wait for the pain to subside and enough feeling to return to finish packing and getting on the trail.

I have one new problem…. (more…)

0919 TRT: Day 8

0919 TRT: Day 8

September 19: 8 miles

Galena Falls over Relay peak to Gray Lake…

Sherman wakes me up. It’s windy and cold. The weather forecast I get on the Inreach SE is for lows around 30. I take him out for a quick walk then we snuggle back in under the quilt and wait for the sun to show above the mountains. I doze and wake a few times. About 8 we’re both awake and I start to slowly put things together in the tent.

The wind has let up a bit, but it’s still biting. I get food for both of us, crawl into the tent where we both eat out of the wind.

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0918 TRT: Day 7

0918 TRT: Day 7

September 18: 4 miles

I wake at 6 feeling rested. Sherman’s still asleep. I test the ability to upload images on the blog and this morning it’s working. So I finish a group of entries and get them published.

Sherman wakes up and we go for a walk. He has his natural spring back in his step so he’s had enough recovery time. That’s good since we’re headed back to the trail today. A short day, but a hiking day.

We eat breakfast and I start organizing for the next jaunt. When packed I look for a Lyft or Uber driver. Today Uber wins. A retired schoolteacher collects us and drives us about 10 miles into the mountains to the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead where our journey begins again.

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0917 TRT: Day 6

0917 TRT: Day 6

September 17: Zero Miles

I wake up and look at the map again. Also at Sherman. He’s been sleeping for almost 12 hours.

I sit with him and look at the pack, the water, and get that the right thing to do is skip this 40 miles.

So… new logistics.

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0916 TRT: Day 5

0916 TRT: Day 5

September 16: 9 miles

It was a cold night. Very occasional wind gusts alternating with total calm. The weather pattern, or pressure system is changing. I don’t know enough about the rate this happens to know if this change in the wind and temperature over 3 days is a normal pattern or not.

Ready to go. Feels like come on! What’s the holdup?

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0915 TRT: Day 4

0915 TRT: Day 4

September 15: 10 miles

Damn, it’s cold this morning. Mid to high 30s and still windy. We wake about 6:30. I want to be on the trail about 7:30. It’s cold enough that I don’t want to be outside in the wind while packing, so for the first time in my hiking life I bring everything in the tent to pack. I’ve read other hikers talk about that in rainy or freezing weather.

As I get ready to actually put things in the backpack the sun is over the horizon and I feel the warmth.

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