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I've experienced a variety of types of tired on the PCT. There is the 'OMG I want to die' tired which happens when you need to set up for the next pass in the Sierra and have to pound out miles. The 'brain fog' tired of not getting enough sleep in the desert when you have to night hike and siesta in the heat. The 'mental exhaustion' of navigating over snow and concentrating on every foot placement. The 'town chores tired' from resupply and catching up on life maintenance but not being physically tired. Being on the PCT seems to involve being one sort of tired or another.
It was not easy- I almost overdid it and ended up way to tired. My original plan had been to set up camp at the Mount Lola Trail junction, and do an out and back to climb Mt. Lola. It would have been only about four more miles and I had more than enough time. I'd downloaded the maps and loaded them into GaiaGPS. But when I got to the junction, after 15.8 miles, my feet were talking and they said they'd had enough. My feet, oh my poor feet. They are doing OK but sure are weak. It was frustrating because I wanted mentally to keep going and the rest of my body totally could have done it. I hate having to listen to my feet! I'm so used to being able to do over 20 miles. It is so hard to mentally adjust. All that stuff about slowing down I've written about for weeks, you are probably sick of it. But it still doesn't come easy for me. I am still struggling with it day after day.
After deciding to listen to my feet, I set up my hammock up in the pines above gorgeous White Rock Creek. I went down to the water and gave them a good long soak to reduce swelling.
Now I'm already in my hammock with my feet up and it's only 7pm. Oh I can't tell you just how happy I am to actually have made the right call about how far to hike today. I'm so glad I pushed it as much as I did, unlike last section where I did too few miles to be tired. At least now I am pleasantly sore, and I'm nearly ready to drift off...