Today was a weird day. I didn't sleep well last night and the bees kept buzzing till nine. My body felt so stiff and cringed the whole night and couldn't get comfortable. I woke up feeling normal until a few hours later I was downhill, and my left knee started hurting and sciatica started kicking in. It was pretty steep downhill for awhile and was on rocks for a lot of it. I was just physically hurting which hasn't really happened before. Just a few miles outside of the exit to Sierra city, I started feeling "weird." Maybe a little sick, light headed and like my mind wasn't there. I still had no appetite from the night before. I was feeing super out of it. I haven't felt like this before.
When I got to the highway, I tried to hitch a few times but gave up. No one wanted to pick me up. It was a 1.5 road walk into town but I was so pissed bc I was hurting so bad and felt sick. It took me forever to walk that and stumbled into town super sick and grumpy. I first went to red moose cafe to grab my package but they were super busy so I sat around w snuggles while he ate his blueberry pancakes. I picked up my two heavy boxes and dragged myself outside to find a place to organize. This nice man who was standing outside of the mercantile shop asked if I needed help and basically helped me carry my boxes up the hill to the church so I could spread out my things.
I set my groundsheet on the dirt and organized there. It was super windy so dust was blowing all over the place into my things and on my face. I had eaten only 300 calories of food this morning and it was lunch time. I just had no appetite. Every type of food just sounded so sick. I finally finished and walked over to the store where there were a million hikers. I was so pissed and felt sick that I didn't want to talk to anyone. Even heartbreaker was there and I didn't get to talk to him. I was a grumpy mess. I dropped stuff off in the hiker box and filled a bucket to wash my legs and some socks. That felt really good.
It was getting late and I knew I needed to eat something or I'd pass out. My empty stomach was probably making me feel worse. All the burgers everyone was getting looked so gross. All my senses were so sensitive. All the hikers out on the porch smelled so bad and made me want to throw up. What is this hyper sensitivity w all my senses?? It's gotta be hormones. So I walked back to red moose and ordered a grilled chicken salad. I ate it very slowly. It was really good but only semi appetizing to me. Undercover and a game came by and told me they were heading out. All the waiters at the cafe were so nice and caring to me. After an hour or so of slowly eating my salad, I went and got my things ready to hitch back to the trailhead. As I was walking out, this couple asked if I needed a ride and I hopped into their truck. Wow being in a car was ten times better than doing the road walk.
The climb out of Sierra city is like nine miles. At first, it was super chill and calm and right when you broke out into the ridge, it was like bam! Wind slapping you across the face. The rest of the climb was wind, rock and bushes. It was pretty brutal. Then we had to collect 4L of water for the next dry section. My pack was so heavy, felt like desert times again. Found a game and undercover camped out shortly after on an old road above the trail and we all pitched. So happy to be done. Long day.