MILES: 15 CUMULATIVE MILES: 71
STEPS: 34,000 CUMULATIVE STEPS: 184,900
TIME WALKING: 6 HOURS CUMULATIVE TIME WALKING: 34 HOURS
A Day Of Pure Agony 😦
Today was a pretty rough day even though it was only 15 miles and the elevation was pretty mild.
It was gray and there was a light drizzle, just like yesterday. I was hoping for a repeat of yesterday and it would clear up by afternoon.
Blogger’s Note: The first half of the hike was pretty ugly (not the landscape, but the weather) so the colors weren’t very good. So I converted many of them to black and white. I felt they better conveyed the mood.
This was about 15 minutes into the hike and the drizzle changed to a light rain so I slipped on my rain jacket and put the rain cover on my backpack.
Shortly after this point the rain stopped and I stowed my rain jacket in my backpack (BIG MISTAKE!)
About 15 minutes later a monsoon came in. The rain was coming down in buckets and the wind was blowing like crazy. I was out in the middle of field with no shelter in site. I debated getting my rain jacket, but this would require me to take off my backpack rain cover and opening it. This would have soaked the contents including my iPad.
So I just got wet.
I found a small shelter about 10 minutes up the trail, but at this time I was completely drenched. A few minutes later the rain stopped but wind got stronger and the temperature dropped. It must have been around 50f degrees and I was shivering like crazy at this point. I was very concerned about getting hyperthermia since the conditions were perfect for this… cold, wet and windy.
I ended up putting on my rain jacket over my fleece jacket. It helped a little, but I knew I would need to get my core temperature up by walking much faster than my normal pace.
After about 45 minutes of this quick pace I finally started to warm up.
Shortly after the sun came out and it was a great relief.
As I walked into Estella (my stop for the night) I started to see flags and banner hanging over the streets. WOW, the town’s people are celebrating my arrival. How cool is that… especially after my day.
Actually they were celebrating the town’s youth day. The streets were filled with young people drinking lots of beer. I asked several people for directions and was offered drinks from all of them.
Here is a short video of one of the bands… it was a nice treat to lift my spirits:
After I checked into my hostel I headed out grab a few things from the store. As I left the store it started to rain PLUS it was hailing!!! Luckily I could take shelter in the store until it stopped. Might be hard to see, but the hail was about the size of peas. What a great way to end the day 🙂
- Today’s adventure with the rain really took a lot out of me. Shivering for about 30 minutes while hiking at a very fast pace wasn’t much fun. Plus my shoes were full of water and that lead to me getting a couple of small blisters on my feet.
- The youth celebration did a lot to lift my spirit. Plus the sun came out later.
- I spent the night in a hostel that was a former monastery. It was a great place to stay. Very nice and clean with only 6 people in the room.