Today I only went 18 miles. Lots of distractions were going on. It was kind of overcast this morning so it was chillier than normal. It was windy and cold on the ridges. I reached my first peak and was able to get service. I made a reservation for a room for Sunday night. I decided to just get it for myself. I think I finally need my own space this time. It'll be 12 days since my last shower, laundry and real food. I am looking forward to it so much. This stretch has been really long and have had no rest. My legs are all itchy, black with dirt and bites/scratches/scabs all over. They are so beat up. These scars will take a long time to heal. I also texted undercover my location as well, hoping we'll catch each other again. He texted back and were only two hours behind.
Most of the day was just slow. I had to take many breaks bc my sciatica was killing me. I was also still arranging w people packages for Tahoe. I really really hope they have my things. I also caught up on some texts and lots of folks just got into Tahoe today. I can't wait for Chinese buffet. I also want American buffet. Food is definitely on my mind right now and it's what's gonna get me through this section. Nick said their motel was like 20 feet from the Chinese buffet and told me to come stay w them tonight but I was still 30 miles out. I only wish. :( but everything will be worth it SO much more when I finally get there on Sunday. I've never looked so forward to civilization before. It seems like heaven right now.
I managed to get halfway up this long climb, trying to fight the mosquitos. I didn't take a good lunch either bc it was so buggy everywhere. Then I decided to call it a day when it was almost six. I was so tired. After I set up and was in my tent, a game and undercover show up!! So happy to see them. They said they had such a rough day and night last night. They were soooo pooped and their water filter broke. We caught up a little before bedtime. A game thinks my sunburned lips looks like an allergic reaction. It doesn't look like a normal burn. It's all bubbly and stuff and doesn't seem to be getting better. I hope it's nothing serious and will just heal with lesser sun exposure. Trying to start packing tomorrow in the dark so I can hike by dawn. I say this every time but hope I can actually do it this time. Tahoe is only a day and a morning away!