Andy’s pack weighs 13.4 lbs. It’s all ultra-light gear. His luxury item is a camera (or is it his cell phone?) That’s the base weight without food. With food his pack weighs 22.4 lbs. That’s food for four days. He is shooting for 4000 – 5000 calories a day.
He’s walking on average about 14 miles a day. The terrain is high dessert in Anza-Borrego State Park. If he hits it right there can be beautiful displays of brilliant dessert flowers. Otherwise it’s mixed chaparral scrublands turning to Cholla cactus. Views are stunning sunrises in the east and the sun rises over the dessert. Temperatures are around the 80’s in the middle of the day, cooling off to the low 50’s in the evening.
Got a call from him last night (can you believe there is cell coverage?) He was in his sleeping bag on the top of a mountain looking at the stars. He has met some new friends at water stop on the trail a couple of days ago and they began hiking together. His fuel leaked out somehow, so hooking up with these other thru-hikers worked out, one has a power stove and is willing to share. For dinner he had orzo pasta with beef, veggies and tomato sauce. His biggest concern this evening was the number of blisters he has on his feet and trying to determine how to cope with them. He forgot to buy more mole skin before he left, so for the time being he’s been putting duck tape on them — ouch!
Andy is around mile 94 today, 2,556 miles to go.