May 20, 2017: Hiked Miles 583.3 to 604.4 (21.1 total)
Today was by far the worst day I have had on the trail. I know I said yesterday was the hardest five miles ever, but today was the hardest 21 miles ever.
I went to bed feeling a little better after eating, but it was freezing since we were sleeping by a creek so I was completely bundled up. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling so sick and hot and had to strip everything off and chug as much water as I could. I couldn’t get comfortable. If I layed on my back, my stomach hurt. If i layed on my side, my back hurt. If I layed on my stomach, my back and stomach hurt. I was rolling around and moaning which woke Colton up so neither of us got much sleep.
When I woke up in the morning, I just wanted to stay in my tent all day. But our food supply is limited and we’re not close to any towns, so I had no choice but to get up and start walking.
The morning was ok because it was flat and cool. I saw some neat rock formations.
But then the hills started and every step I took I felt like I was going to puke or pass out. My body gets really achey when I’m sick so wearing a heavy backpack felt like knives sticking into my back.
Our routine for the day was walk as far as I could until I felt like I was going to die, lay on the ground for as long as possible until my stomach stopped doing roller coasters, sip water, try to puke, take ibuprofen, and force myself up and do it all over again.
Everything I ate made me feel even worse. It was a constant struggle between being starving and having constant stomach pain.
We had to keep pushing on to get to a water source and I could not have been more happy when we got there. We filled up, walked a little farther, set up camp, and I forced food into me. Which I now regret as I already feel horrible.
I was in way too much pain to take many pictures today so luckily Colton took a few: