1343.1 total miles
At 4 am I felt rain on my face. All 3 of us woke up. Rewind said she was going to pack up and just start walking. Atlas was smug and snug in his tent. I quickly put up my tent (for the 5th time this whole hike) and went back to sleep. Of course it stopped raining while I was setting it up and it never started again.
I was counting on Soldier Creek to get water. Just before the creek there was an eerie orange tint in everything. It was fire retardant recently dumped on a burn. The burn was contained to a small area but it contaminated the water. I still got some but only drank a couple of sips. Being thirsty was better than the though of drinking those chemicals. When we finally got to good water I drank a ton.
We were so close to 30 for the day that I wanted to keep going. I passed up a few great campsites to hit the big number. Then there was no flat ground. Atlas and I finally stopped and are camped on the side of a gravel road. We have a nice view of Mt Lassen and I am not on my feet. Life is good.