Saturday, May 3, 2014

Day 28 - An Ass Backwards Day

Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed, and today was one of those days. I'd like to say it was because of this or that but really I just woke up sluggish, achy and a tad on the cranky side. 

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. 
Anyway the day progressed and it got hot in the sun with no wind. More road walking then we came to  Buckhorn CG where we got water for the climb down to, then back out of Cooper Canyon. We should have completely watered up in Cooper Canyon but there was hope the next water source would be running. Not so. That left us with not enough water to hike the remaining miles for today and the needed water for tomorrow. Dang it!

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
Cliff from Austin and
Coaster, the guitar man. 

I hope tomorrow is a better day, or probably more accurately, that I do better with tomorrow. 


  1. make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other's gold.
    you are my GOLD friend. i wrote this because i couldn't think of what to say except poodle stickers, and lack of water and wind all sound so hard. metaphysically i'll take a poodle hit for ya. love, love, love

  2. I now realize that the comment left above makes no sense at all...

    1. It makes perfect sense to me J