I’m pretty sure I’ve been dehydrated for 3 days now. My throat is scratchy and my head fuzzy. I hit the trail at 6 am with 4 liters of water and a determination to drink it all by the time I reach the next source, about 20 miles away. Meanwhile, I have the trail all to myself and climb up to the most amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. I’ve already hiked 5 miles by my mid-morning coffee break and this only solidifies my hiker-high. The part of the day where I feel awesome lasts for almost 16 miles today. And then, heat. My legs become blistered from the sun. It’s so hot! Mercifully, there are patches of shade and there is an ice cold creek for me to refill my water. I stop and talk to a couple clockwise hikers and still reach the trailhead by 5 pm. Despite my impromptu town night last night, I still have to go into town tonight for my planned resupply. I hitch a ride with a lady and her 2-year-old Labrador. The Tahoe Rim Trail is full of dogs, thank goodness.
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