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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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Five miles up a bunch of steep hills is much farther on a bike than it looks like on a map. Especially when hungry, tired, and inexperienced; my longest bike ride to date was around two miles- in two passes, one mile there and back. I am exhausted right now.

But I did it.

And more importantly, I have a Nintendo DS Lite on priority preorder from the EB Games five miles away. Not sure how I'll get there and back on the 11th when it arrives (three days after my 20th birthday, too!), especially with no bus service to help me out, but I'll figure something out. (Today, the bus dropped me and my bike off half a block from EB and I bought my toys and biked back. Can't do that on Sunday.)

If I'm this tired after five hilly miles on a bike, I have no clue how baxil is walking 25 miles a day on steeper terrain. I suspect he has developed more endurance than I have had occasion to gain.

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In other news, damn, that's a name I haven't heard in a long time

Wouldn't it take somewhere between 6-8 hours to walk a distance like that?

I suspect it does, but he's hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, so that is probably how he is spending his time.

There are a few factors:
  • Hiking trains you for hiking. I did try to condition myself before I left, so I was able to walk 15-mile days without too much exhaustion, but a month solid of all-day exercise has pretty much doubled the endurance capacity.
  • You do get tired. You take a rest break. You get up and hike again. I'm going maybe 2 3/4 miles an hour; a 20-mile day means walking continuously (minus food breaks, rest breaks, and a little slack time).
  • The PCT is well-graded -- it's an equestrian trail as well as a human one, and even though it often heads up and down several thousand feet of hill/mountain, it will wind around the hills on a graded traverse.

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