Hi I’m currently in Etna, getting smoked out by all the fires. I’m now hiking alone, trying to make up some miles and do at least 25 per day. But I discovered that I am a real slow walker. Everybody I know is way far ahead. And there are people passing me every day that started in Mai.
However I don’t care I’m making my way to Canada and I think I arrive there somewhere in the end of September.
I hiked with Apache and Knifethrower all the way through the Sierras to Bucks Lake. Now I’m hiking alone which is way different. No more evening fires with sausages or hot dogs or country potatoes. Sad…. We had a really good time together.
The halfway point gave me some hard time but now I’m right before Oregon and the motivation is going up. I just hope I make it before they close down parts of the trail because of all the fires.
It’s really sad, the last days the landscape was amazing(trinity alps, russian wilderness) but you can’t really see anything because of all the smoke. And it will be like this up to crater lake. Many hikers are skipping ahead but I am going to make my way north.
I’m looking forward to new shoes in Seiad Valley, I hope it works out, it is the second try. Mine are falling apart because I couldn’t get internet access since Tahoe… Roughly 950 miles on one pair… that is too much.