The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 160 mile loop trail around Lake Tahoe. A little later in the season, this trail becomes a hot spot for local and traveling hikers alike. The PCT shares this trail around the west side of the lake before splitting off to the northwest.
A day of highlight views, good company and just a little bit of snow. Having camped by myself last night, I didn't know if the group was in front of me or behind me. The uncertainty forced me to come up with my own plan for the day.
By mid day I had seen everyone from the group and it sounded like we all had similar plans as to where we wanted to make it by the end of the day. Also, as we were sitting on a bench at a trail head parking lot, a thru-hiker (who's name I don't recall) sat resting when it came out that he was attempting to hike 40 miles this day. Jaws in our laps, everyone around couldn't fathom hiking 40 miles in one day. I had enough trouble hiking 25 without my body wanted to fall apart.
I took more breaks today than any day prior. There were so many views I wanted to stop and sit at, it was my dad's birthday and I had cell service! A great combination for not making miles.
In the evening, I did a bit of a body check and I noticed I was losing sensation in my middle two twos on both of my feet. I figured it is from hiking more miles recently. I saw not to much cause for concern.
Also, being it's my dad's birthday, I sent home a coffee mug from Kennedy Meadows back on Day 42 - Mile 702.2. It was fun hearing about him opening it up.