Day 36: The Hardest 21 Miles

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. 

And this random buoy that had fallen off the line above. 

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:

More windmills…

Pretty fields.

He was nice enough to take a picture of one of the many puking attempts. 

Hit mile 600. Someone got creative. 

And can’t forget about 600.1.

Hiking into the sunset, almost done for the night. 

Sorry for the short post, but it took all the energy I had just to write this. 


One thought on “Day 36: The Hardest 21 Miles

  1. Seriously?!?!? I can’t even imagine doing what you are doing while sick. I mean shit girl most people couldn’t even do it on a good day. i was whining because I am sick and drove to and from Kansas City yesterday for my nieces graduation party.So 6 hours in the car for a 2 hr. party……. I might feel a little under the weather but now I just feel like a wimp!!!! I can’t even believe you still updated this blog. You are Suoerwoman!!!!!!!!! Give yourself permission to just chill and leave us in suspense for a while. Ha!! I hope this passes quickly. Good luck!!!

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