Mile 210 on day 11 pushes my average to 19 miles per day, a little better than I was expecting but still feeling good. Yesterday hiking out of Idyllwild, we had snow very early in the day and hiked up through snow above 9000 feet.
Today we hiked all the way down to 1400 feet and we are now definitely in the desert. No shade little water and over 90°.
It’s a strange paradox given that I lost hiker died yesterday on the mountain, they’re searching for the body now.
I’m starting to settle into the rhythm and getting my camping system worked out. If I can just get through the heat of the desert, I feel like the rest will just be a mental exercise of perseverance, I feel like physically I can do it.