Daily miles 18
Total miles 65.5
Camp elevation 5600 feet
Loud night as our tarp was whipping in the wind most of the night. The cuben fiber material that it is made of is pretty loud when the wind gets kicking. The nights are still long so even though it felt as though we are waking up a lot, we are still getting well over 8 hours of sleep.
We had about 7 miles into Patagonia today. It was our first town stop of the trail. We had mailed food to the Post office and Qball picked up food at the grocery store. Once in town, we head to Gathering Grounds coffee shop which has a full breakfast. We got some food, charged our phones and then did our errands. We met a couple named Wendy and Gooch who gave us part of a shower curtain to make our ground cloth a little bit wider. Their friend Nathan gave us some organic trail mix. Very friendly people in Patagonia. Beardoh did some work errands at the library before we got our food packed up and then headed out of town.
The rest of the day was spent on a forest service road… Around 11 miles. It was largely exposed, but thankfully the temp were in the 70s so we were not terribly hot. Water was very available…. So we rarely carried more than a liter for the remainder of the day.
We stopped a little early (around 5:30) in a spot that has water (Walker Basin) and some nice spots for cowboy camping – trees above us to cut down on condensation.
Tomorrow am, we will head straight up the mountain for a couple miles, continuing on the forest service road.
*note for hammockers – very possible up through this point of the trail. Most areas have trees available.