Wednesday, September 26
Miles: 27 (plus 2.5 bonus miles)
Camp elevation: 7917 ft
I wake at 5:40. I pack up in the dark and hit the trail at first light. Take a pic at the monument – wooo AZT!
On the trail at 7am. Uphill but moderate. Cool morning. A nice sunrise. Walk, walk, walk. At 10am I don the silver umbrella.
Ten miles in my first water cache! Rest, charge inReach, eat. Podcast at noon. Much flat. Good 2 1/2 mph pace.
I run into a couple in the afternoon – so there are other hikers out here! Daniel and Mary. We leap frog. Keep walking.
Mild up to the Kaibab Plateau. I hit the road to Jacob Lake at 5:40pm – just enough time to road walk to town, grab food, and find a place to sleep.
At 6:45 I’m in “town” (it’s tiny). No room at the inn. I order a burger to go. Where the PO? It’s unclear. Hmm.
I grab my burger and rush toward the campground – it’s a mile away and dark is approaching! I bite the bullet and hitch – I get a ride from the first truck – an older woman and man who work at the Grand Canyon. They drop me off at the office. I get a spot. I get a golf cart ride to my spot.
I inhale the burger, pitch my tent, and crawl inside. A 30 mile first day – not too shabby!