At 5:45 am I was on the trail, racing the
rising sun and heat. I got through Deep
Creek Canyon without melting and walked up to the junction of Hwy 173. Low and behold, set up under a
Juniper tree was a trail angel named Shepard who had a food setup with hot dogs, potato salad, chips, drinks etc. The surprise and enjoyment I felt was enormous. In fact I am still here, four hours later. It could have to do with the temps being in the high 90's or just the company but either way, I ain't hiking again till its cooler. I had hoped to make more miles, nine more in fact, but I don't know that it will happen. Thanks Shepard!
Mile 322, more or less
I swear it must have reached 100 degrees today. I hung out at Shepard's spot till as late as I could and still get some miles in. At four I forced myself to don my pack and I went out into the late afternoon sun. It was still pretty hot at first but once I made about four miles and it neared 6pm, the whole thing began to feel tolerable. I watered up at the last creek and off I went, attempting to get all the way to Silverwood Lake. I finally had to stop when I began to lose light so I tucked into a small alcove cut into the dense brush. I think I got within 1 mile of my planned stop for the night and made 16 miles. It sure makes a difference, taking six hours off in the middle of the day.