I woke on top of a mountain. Wow such Glorious view. I’m a bit slow starting but was out of my tent by 6 .but once packed up and breakfast eaten it was 7.30. CNC who I camped with last night had long gone. My aim this morning was to get to scissors crossing then hopefully start the climb before it got too hot. I arrived at 10 am and was pleased to see CNC were there. I was refilling my water when Eric strolled in he had hitched to another town yesterday to get hold of more fuel as he had managed to leave his at Laguna Store .
I was looking forward to some trail magic here, but I was more than happy with water. So once I was watered up I set off for the big climb. Luckily today there was a nice wind and a bit overcast as normally hikers struggle with this climb due to the heat as the climb would be for most of the day. As the trail winds its way up the mountains the scenery becomes breathtakingly beautiful, cacti in bloom Reds, pinks and yellows. Up and up I go higher and higher after about four hours climbing I stop for lunch and 50 minutes snooze. God the hills just sap my energy and its hot even with the wind.
The next water source is 20 miles as I pass by several people were dry camping (camping not near to water). I felt good so pressed on, but with the trail you never know what’s coming next. … Should have guessed!!!! More and more climbing, then Eric caught me up. I like Eric as he tends to pull me along .Hurrah a sign says 1 mile to go for water , but I’m beginning to fall behind. Now if there is a sign saying water 1 mile then it should be 1 mile, But no !! There is now another sign that says water 1/3 mile and its down hill and i am exhausted. At last i can see the water,there are boxes of water pilled high. I gulp down a few pints then top up my bottles.I’m exhausted and the feet need attention. so i decide to camp nearby. Tents up and another 20 miles done. Whoop whoop
Thanks whoever maintains this water cache
Tomorrow I’m going to take it easy