Unfortunately I didn't hit the trail till after 6 and there was only 45 minutes before the sun peered over the mountains.
In fact it took me 12 hours to hike 16.5 miles. That included many breaks but still I'm gonna have to do better than that if I expect to keep hiking with these two hiking fiends. We have another 16 mile day tomorrow and another 16 the next day. Hope I can manage it.
One more thing. This afternoon as it was cooling off I surprised myself and a rattlesnake. He/she rattled very loudly and I jumped very highly. Quite polite of the snake I'd say. Anyway it was a big thing with rattles for days. My first snake of the season.