7th July Friday
Bridger National Forest
This section I plan to do in one go, that means I walk through the Winds River Mountain Range, from one highway to the other, a 166 mile (267 km) where I hope should take 6-7 days. Most hikers stop halfway to resupply and hitch-hike into Pinedale, but I’m happy to carry the extra food to get me through.
Edwin was kind enough to drop me back at the trail head, but not before a full breakfast. The two nights I had spent in their home was something I needed to recover from the previous week. In fact, my big toe was giving me problems as I must have kicked a rock sometime and the toe has swollen up threatening to create a problem where only antibiotics would fix.
It’s always the case, after a complete days rest, its hard to get going, or maybe it’s a combination of post rest day and heavy backpack that has 7 days worth of food. Must be about 14 pounds of extra weight (Just over 6 kgs)
Thunder and dark clouds were around me and after some warning, that I ignored, the clouds opened up and i got dumped on while I was frantically searching for my raincoat. Come 4 o’clock I had enough for the day and spotted a suitable camp spot where I setup while still in the rain. Naturally it stopped 10 minutes after but as I was feeling tired, with only 11 miles walked today, very poor effort I must admit. I decided to have a early night and hopefully I can start real early tomorrow to make up for today.