Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Day 71/72: Zeros in Bishop

We lay around for most of the day eating as napping before heading out to buy our resupply. We figure 6 days to Muir Trail Ranch or VVR where we'll raid the hiker boxes for the remaining two days of food it will take us to get to Mammoth. Looking at the map is intimidating since we'll be locked into the Sierra for 118 miles. Our days will be up to 12k feet crossing a pass and then back down, up then down, for 7 passes. Time to put on my big girl panties, eh? I can do this.

We've also planned to do a side trip to a lake near Kearsarge Pass to look for a friends lost wedding ring. That sounds kind of fun actually!

Right now it's 12:30 the following day and I'm still zeroing. We decided to take another day to run errands and relax. I needed to replace my tore up Frogg Toggs rain jacket and we may go see a movie tonight!

Someone messaged me on Facebook a story about their experience on a long distance bicycle trip. It was a lot like my experience on the trail - feeling like I wasn't pulling good enough miles and being in a negative head space while trying to achieve my goal, thereby missing out on the joy of the trip. Their solution was to find three things they were grateful for at the end of everyday. I am going to start doing that too in hopes of quieting my negative head and being filled with the fun of the journey.

Today I am grateful for:
A warm, comfortable bed
Being with my best friend everyday
Watching old movies and eating good food

Until tomorrow, goodnight!


  1. It's tough being trail sweep when you're feeling like you're holding your partner back. I actually get murderous thoughts when my seventeen year old stops to wait for me halfway thru a big climb. As much as I love my husband, I'm pretty sure I'd be digging a hole for him somewhere in the middle of the desert after hiking with him day in and day out for almost two months. The worst part is that I know it's just me, not anything they're doing or saying. Maybe it's time to get your solo mojo back for a week or so. You could truly solo, or join up with another group through the passes and meet up again in a few days. Airing things out for a few days might be a big help.

  2. I don't know you, you don't know me. I'm in Ohio and I found your Trail Journal one day and can't get enough! I find it humbling how you post the icky as well as the spiffy. (And thanks for updating the toenail off the main page.) I like how you show the good, the bad, the worse and the amazing. You do a fantastic job of keeping things real as opposed to some of the others out there.

    Keep up the awesome job and kick butt doing it!

  3. I like the gratitude thing. Radio station K-FUK can play in your head all day and really get you down, but gratitude puts it into perspective. Oh, and I hope you find that ring. :)

  4. the best part about a fight is the make up . I really think your gonna find that ring...