5/8/18 I just wanted to let you all know if you’d like to follow me on a map you can go to the following website. https://share.garmin.com/PCTwanderer. I up dates every hour. Please do not send me messages through this website as it has a 40 messages month I need for family and coordination of logistics when I have no cell service. It’s better to use Facebook or my word press blog.
After a hard day yesterday I took some ibuprofen and went to bed. I woke this morning at 5:30 at first light, packed up and headed out by 6:30. I met up with some of my hiking buddies and we started the big climb of about 2000 feet. It was good to get that done before the day heated up.
It is interesting how the desert forest had been burnt but the wildflowers were beautiful. After reaching the top I had my third breakfast of the day and headed down.
I thought it would be of interest to let you know how I take care of my feet and legs. I use a compression lower leg garment. Then I’m marina wool crew sock. I use trail running shoes and a lightweight gator. Though my feet and legs are well protected they still get pretty dirty. I’ve had just one blister and two hotspots in over 700 miles.
To protect me from the sun and heat I a used a reflective umbrella and remove my hat as it much cooler. After coming down the the mountain I took a little rest and had some lunch and then headed into Kennedy Meadows another 11 miles away. In the process I passed a 700 mile marker of my trip and came to the first real river I have seen thus far on my hike, the South Fork of the Kern. I also had the first real view of the southern aspect of the Sierras as I headed into Kennedy Meadows for a 21 mile day.