Daily Miles: 22
Total Miles: 68
We all woke up with tents/tarps that were soaked with condensation both inside and out. Even without any rain, things still managed to get wet. Perhaps because there was no wind at all over night.
The day was quite cloudy and grey. Every once in awhile, we’d see some bit of blue sky, but then it would be quickly replaced with more grey clouds. It was also windy and cool, which meant we were constantly taking off layers and putting them back on.
Most of our day was spent walking on primitive roads. We were up on a flat mesa for most of the day, so the walking was fairly easy. It was rocky at times, muddy at times, and flooded over the road at times. But, we still managed to make good time. We played the name game for several hours as we walked, which made the time go by quicker.
At lunch, we all set out our wet items to dry in the wind while we ate. There was no avoiding the wind, as all the vegetation is short shrubs.
In the afternoon, we started a descent back into the canyon where the Owyhee River flows. We were able to get really great views of the canyon before we headed down. We seemed to only go halfway down the canyon. We considered going all the way down in an attempt to find a hot spring, but we decided to keep hiking instead.
We decided to stop a bit early, as we came upon a nice spot for camping. After last night’s mediocre spots, we figured it would be nice to have a comfortable spot. We stopped for the day just before 6:30pm and set up camp.
It now seems possible that we could make it in to Rome, our first trail town tomorrow. We still have extra food, so we don’t have to, but we’ll just see how the day goes tomorrow.
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