Okay. Today I did a leisurely 4.1 miles or so. Gently gradual climbs and ascents on the trail. The 21lb pack on my back felt lighter today. It’s still 21lbs. I knocked the miles out in less than two hours. So, I don’t feel too awfully bad about the outlook on doing 8 mile days starting out March 17th. I’ll increase my pack weight starting tomorrow and increase my mileage too. I may do more more walking without the pack just to get the miles in. We’ll see.
What I did realize is that layering your clothing is definitely the best method for hiking. I wore a polypropylene t-shirt with another polypro long sleeve shirt over top. My outer layer I wore a fleece chamois button down shirt. Typically not something I would wear out on the trail, but I didn’t feel like I needed my soft-shell jacket, it would probably have been too warm. It was 42 degrees when I started out and didn’t feel that cold. I did manage to work up a sweat on my first hill and had to put the toboggan on to mop some of it up! If I had worn cotton layers I probably would have been close to being hypothermic at trails end. I have been letting my hair grow out for the extra warmth. It’s the longest it’s been since 1986 when I had a semi-mullet cut. Hey, it was the style…what can I say! I’ll see how long I can stand it. I have a feeling it will be swept up by “Floyd” in some small mountain town barber shop! Stay tuned…this is going to be epic!