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 This little snake slithered right by my feet while I was sitting having a break.  No idea where it came from.  

This little snake slithered right by my feet while I was sitting having a break.  No idea where it came from.  


Miles Today: 12.8

Mile Marker: 982.8

I got a slow start out of the hostel this morning.  The owner Scott made us breakfast around 7:45, and then I hung around until about 11:00.  Once I got back on the trail I decided I would try to do 16 miles even with the late start.

I was making great time until I saw Zack and Ali (Burning Man and Peach).  They had just gotten back on the trail after being gone for a wedding.  They were heading right toward me.  We were both insistent the other was going the wrong direction.  I was wrong.  About an hour ago I had gotten confused going through a rock scramble.  I retraced my steps until I found the white blazes and followed them out.  Unfortunately I followed the wrong set and didn't realize it.  I hiked about 1.5 miles over the same terrain before I bumped into them.  Pretty devastating loss of time and energy.  I was prepared to sulk, but they were full of energy and it was good to see them.  I hiked with them for the next few hours until I needed a break.

They ended up hiking further and likely got to their goal.  I was exhausted and defeated and stopped just before sunset to set up camp.  Hopefully I've got the drive in the morning to make up the miles.

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