After our ten day healing sessions off trail, it was nice to kick up some more dirt and dust as we plodded south from Ashland, Oregon. Bright cloudless skies greeted us most every morning amid both natural open terrain and previous fire burn areas.
Our legs and feet were finally starting to realize that yes, we were punishing them again with daily climbs over many miles. We refined our gear, lightening our packs in the process, and we are getting better at predicting appropriate water carries.
Averaging 15 to 20 miles, we are commonly hiking for 8 to 12 hours each day, stopping for small water and snack breaks, and to soak in the views. The daily experience feels like a combination of a training camp, mega-vacation, bug tolerance psychology experiment, and an appreciated break from the comforts of city living.
Trail wisdom of the week : Never take any steps for granite on mountains, or for granted in life.