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

Peanut's first thirty!

written May 29, 2017 @ 05:56 AM after hiking 31.16 miles

This morning started with a top-off at a creek, where we loaded up to capacity (8 liters). This is necessary because this also began the longest stretch without reliable water -- 35 miles!

These miles wouldn't hike themselves, and we wanted to minimize our time in them, so we started hiking at 5:00am, and planned to do 31 miles -- Peanut's first thirty!

After seeing maybe our last windmills of the trail, we took a long siesta since it was -- again -- almost 100°F.

Maybe the last windmills on the trail :-(

We then finished out the hike at night, which reminded me how much I hate night hiking. This was especially bad because the trail was this deep, loose, slippery sand, and tons of uphill and downhill. It was like walking on a beach, but trying to climb 5,000 feet of elevation at the same time. Ugh.

We finally got there, set up camp in the middle of a dirt road, set an alarm for 5:00am, and called it a day. But hey, we made some serious miles!

And we also saw a great sunset.