Starting location: Straight Creek
Ending location: Cape of Good Hope (dry camp)
Distance: 16 miles (+1 extra when I missed a turn =17 miles)
Elevation gained: 2200 ft
Photo: CT trail marker
1 word summary of the day: Contouring
So for some reason Veda got up at 4am today and packed up and left camp - when I caught up with her later on the trail she said that the moon was so bright that she wanted to hike by the light of the moon for a while. It was pretty bright for a while, and we actually got no rain yesterday or last night!
I left at the usual time of 6:30am, carrying over 4 liters of water with me as we're going through a 22 mile dry stretch. We were thinking of maybe doing it all in one push, but partway through the day I nixed that plan - no need to do a big mile day with a sore rib! I can just dry camp and fill up with more water tomorrow.
Most of the day was spent contouring around the sides of these smaller mountains - go around the mountain, join a logging road for a quarter of a mile, contour around another mountain, repeat. I hate those logging roads; they're a confusing maze and of course I missed one turnoff and ended up doing an extra mile :-(. But ran into a nice couple who were having their morning coffee by their campervan and had a nice chat with them!
Got to camp around 2pm, just as the daily thunder rumbling was starting. It rumbled and alternated hail, rain, and clear on and off for the afternoon, so I was kind of tent bound for a while. Wonder is still camping with me, but Veda's foot was bothering her a little today and she ended up camping ~ 1 mile and several hundred feet in elevation lower, with the llama guy - good to see that he's making the final push on foot without the llamas!
Tomorrow morning will be the last big climb that we have, and the last pass over 12000 ft. Last opportunity to get struck by lightening before we're safely down in the trees again!