After the past few days of heat, I figured I would hike early and rest during the hottest part of the day. So, I woke up earlier than normal this morning about 4:30 am. As I started, the temperature was cooler, the hiking was good, and I made good time. This morning, I met a guy named Noah. He and I were talking and we planned to hike to a campsite where there was water and pit toilets, with a goal to lay up in the shade for the afternoon.
We hiked until 10:30. When we got to the campsite, Noah and I found a large tree to shelter under. We both set up our tents without the rainflies to keep out the many flies. Even in the shade, it was hot and I had to make sure I still drank plenty water to keep from getting dehydrated.
We napped and rested in the shade until about 4 pm, when we packed up and headed out. It was still hot, but now there was a good breeze blowing, so even though I was sweating, because of the breeze - it was not bad at all.
We crossed the 500 mile mark today - now less than 2,150 miles to go!
I hiked until 7:30 pm and when I arrived at the campsite, I set up my tent next to three other hikers. One of the guys, Band Aid, graduated from Texas Tech, which is the same school my sister Kate attends. Once everyone was all set up, we had an in-depth discussion about the various effects that the restaurants that we had eaten at along the way had impacted our systems. Although I was eating dinner, it was definitely the kind of conversation I would never have over the dinner table at home.
Due to the heat, not so much happened today. The weather is supposed to cool off a bit in the next few days, so I hope to extend my hiking mileage.