Sunday, May 4, 2014

Escaping Big Bear - Day 29 (5/3/2014)

Day 29
Mile 277.9 to mile 285.9 + 2.6 miles on the Cougar Crest Trail
10.6 miles

I am not feeling good tonight, I think I have come down with a cold so I am going to keep this post short and sweet. 

To start, today is my Niece's birthday, Happy Birthday Dani. I hope you had a wonderful day today. 

After a not so glorious night at the local Motel 6 we got our stuff together and headed out for breakfast before returning the car. Returning the car went smoothly but then we had to figure out how to get back to the Trail Head. 

We started walking and hitching towards and eventually a nice lady, who's name escapes me, pulled over and picked us up. She is a dentist which worked out great for me because I have had these sores in my mouths off and on for the past couple of weeks. She said that they were from a build up of Candida and were most likely brought on by stress and dehydration. Both of which I'm going through. I need to brush my tongue and the tissue inside my mouth and that should help. That and drinking more water. Not to mention, I have been eating a lot of dried food like cereal, chips, trail mix, etc...  and it has been cutting the heck out of the inside of my mouth. 

While Hiking up the Cougar Crest Trail my feet felt great and my calves felt good too, just a little tight. We were at the PCT junction in no time and making forward progress again. It felt great being back on the PCT. 

The trail had a nice grade and was easy on the legs. An hour or two later we stop on the side of the trail to air out our feet and have a snack. A couple of hikers pass by as well as a group of horse riding men and woman. One of the hikers, Adam I think his name was, recognized Mandie and I from our blogs. Way cool!

Everything was looking great for today. 

A short time after that break I started feeling weird; my stomach was hurting, my head felt foggy, it was hard to focus on any one thing with my eyes. Stuff like that. I sat down on the side of the trail under a tree hoping the shade would cool me down and I would start feeling better. Mandie then made the suggestion that we go over yonder and lay down for a bit. I reluctantly agreed. 

Laying under some giant pine trees, I just couldn't get my head on straight. I decide to mix an Airborne drink mix with my water thinking the vitamins will help. It helped enough to where I had the energy to get my pack on and do some more miles. My head was still in a fog for the first mile or so but eventually I came around and started feeling good. 

Best PCT 'bathroom' in the distance
I even started taking pictures again. If you have been hiking with me at all you probably know that when I get tired the camera goes away. So this was a good sign. 


About a mile from camp my stomach started turning. Luckily there was nobody hiking behind me and lucky for me the camp we were strolling into actually had a bathroom. It was more like a pit toilet but I didn't care. It was the best 'bathroom' I had encountered on the PCT so far. There was no roof to it. Just four wooden fence walls a door and that was about it. I want a bathroom like that in my home. 

With that taken care of Mandie and I sat down to have some dinner and figure out what we are going to do. The longer I sat there the crappier I felt. I forced down a few spoonfuls of dinner and then just laid there staring up at the sky. I love looking at the tree tops against the blue sky. It makes me feel good inside. 

After dinner we set up the tent and while I unpack our bags Mandie goes to get water. While she is gone I start to feel worse and worse. When she returns she can see it on my face and says 'You are sick, aren't you?'  I reply, 'Yes I am.'

I have since drank another liter of water with electrolytes in it this time hoping to flush this bug out. We don't have any cold or flu medicine so we are going with what we have. I am being optimistic that I will feel much better in the morning. 

We have 15 miles to do tomorrow to reach the 300 mile marker  and I want to get there. My feet are great, my legs are great, it is time to roll and get Southern California behind us.