Carrying an extra 35 pounds on your back under the desert sun should not be underestimated!
We are doing it, though somewhat slowly. Blisters have been a problem for me, slightly. We are settling into our way of living which includes getting up with the sun (6:30 or so), breaking camp-still establishing routine- hike, eat, hike, eat, 2-3 hour siesta, hike, eat, hike, find a good place to throw up a tent, eat as much as we can, dive into our sleeping bags, sleep, wake up to look at the stars, sleep wake up to stargaze, sleep. Repeat.
That’s what life is like right now with one exception. Tony and Michelle, friends from San Diego, came to hike with us a couple miles on day 2 and made us a huge, fresh, delicious dinner served up with some beers! That dinner definitely helped ease the transition!