/ˈzēˌrō/
(noun)
  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

My first forty!

written Jul 14, 2017 @ 04:56 AM after hiking 41.12 miles

So today, I hiked forty miles in a day. Specifically, 41.12 miles.

My plan had been to go for 30 and change, but around 10:00am I decided to just go for it. It'll set me up for a short 30-mile day tomorrow, which will be awesome.

I'm pretty tired though, so here are some pretty pictures to look at.

Backyard sunrise out my bedroom window.

Oh hey, the snow is back (for a minute)

Hello again, old friend.

I did wind up hiking with this guy I met in Sierra City called Haymaker. He has a tiny pack and hikes super fast. In fact, he started over a month after I did, and he caught up to me.

Anyway, he left Sierra City a few hours before I did, and camped farther down the trail that night. Today at dinner, he walked up behind me! We looked quizzically at each other and were like ".... ??? ... This isn't possible ... ???"

Turns out, he'd taken a nap today and I'd passed him somewhere along the line. Classic "Tortoise and the Hare" story, here.