Monday, November 17, 2014
Sept. 9: Middle-of-nowhere to Indian Heaven Wilderness
Journal Entry: Sept. 9, 2014. 23.0 miles. Indian Heaven/Blue Lake 9:47 PM
"8:45 am -- 6:50pm. There is a sweet spot for me between 18 - 21 miles. Less than 18 & I feel some angst-- the result of not pushing myself hard enough. After 20-21 I hit a wall, and things start to hurt. I do, however, like the mental shift that happens between 10-15 miles where I stop thinking of past or future & become focused on the present. Body, food, time/distance, water, pain. It's great. I was in a good rhythm all day, knowing I had 23 miles to go I kept a good 2.5-3.0 MPH pace, 15 min breaks Q 2 hrs. Did stop atop Grassy Knoll w/ a great view of Mt. Adams for the first time. It was sunny up there (4,000 ft) but cold with fall wind and scattered clouds. Terese and Polar Bear showed up @ 12:45 as I was leaving. I did the next 6 miles in 2 hours, and the last 7.4 miles in 2:40, arriving at the lake in time to make camp, get water and make a sign for P.B/T. Polar Bear came at 7:45pm but Terese never showed up. We waited until 9:45 pm and now we're in our tents. The wind is cold. I worry about her now, but I know she's okay; she's done 1600 miles in New Zealand. Now its just me and Polar Bear in our tents."