Quoi and I said our goodbyes today — well, more like “until next we meet” — since I’m hiking on, and she needs to stay put to help her foot heal. She’ll have to catch up with me at some point: the date she needs to leave the country remains unchanged, which means her finish date is unchanged. She’ll just have fewer days to complete the trail, which means more miles each day, a prospect she is not much relishing.
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I wasn’t really expecting to zero at the Burney Mountain Guest Ranch, but, that’s what I did.
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I was up late last night trying to do some catchup on blog posts, interspersed with some video editing, and wound up not going to sleep until after 11 pm. This meant I pretty much ignored my 6 am alarm, and got up at 7 instead. It was already warm out, which was good for getting out of my tent quickly, but bad for hiking today.
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Quoi and I got up shortly after 6. Her foot was still hurting, but she was determined to hike today. Afterburners gave us a ride back to JJ’s Cafe on her way to work, and we got breakfast there — I got four of the largest pancakes I’ve ever gotten, and they were delicious.
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In theory, Quoi and I were supposed to get up at 5:30 to start hiking at 6:30, but yesterday’s hike tired us out more than we expected. Quoi was still asleep, and I was still in my sleeping bag, at 6:30. We didn’t actually start hiking until almost 8:30.
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