Most days I take a couple of Advil before I try to move around much and that usually does me for the whole day. This morning I decided not to take them and see if I'd losen up without the assistance.
The first two miles were down hill and a good warmup but by the time I got down to Islip Saddle I was as stiff as I started. TC and DG were all saddled up for the big climb ahead and all I wanted to do was rest. So rather than take the trail I decided to walk two miles of road and link up with them when they came down the other side. By the time they had arrived I'd been there for 45 minutes and had taken a couple and stretched for a bit. BTW, this short road walk had an interesting passage through two tunnels. Good thing there is hardly any traffic on this road.
Unfortunately the closest water was Buckhorn CG as it was only a mile or so by road...even though we'd just hiked 3 hours around it in a circle. Nothing like going backwards. By the time we got here I had decided not to go back with the gals but to remain here for the night and try to catch up with them tomorrow. That leaves 20 miles till the next certain, drinkable water. It'll be another zero dark thirty take off in the morning. At least it will be cool for the first part of the day.
While eating dinner some hikers came by and shared our picinic table. Sweet young men and they are
I hope tomorrow is a better day, or probably more accurately, that I do better with tomorrow.