Compressed and ready to go
I can fit my sleeping quilt, my shelter, sleeping pad, and 2 pillows in the same stuff sack.

It is my hope that I can roll it all up together, and cut down on set up time in the morning significantly.

The large portion of my enjoyment for the day is how efficient I feel in regards to the necessary chores of the trail. If I can roll up my sleeping gear and shelter together, that will save 15-20 minutes at least.

I'm dragging because I stayed up too late watching Hallmark/Lifetime Christmas movies.

I had to know whether they were going to get together in the end. It was impossible to know unless I watched all the way through. Impossible!

Ideally, when you're in town, you would get to bed early and take off early, because you have all the luxuries necessary to do so.

But I don't. I tend to move slower, and get started later. It's just so comfortable.

Some breakfast. Some more pizza, and I get a ride back to the trail head by a Pizza shop owner. I'm very grateful, and she seems happy to help.

Not to mention that I spent a lot of money at their shop.

The trail is comprised of easy rolling hills. The scenery is much the same over the course of the day, although the day is short, because I started late.

It's pleasant, though. As I crest some of the hills, I can see Kearny in the distance. I'm glad to be out of there; it's a fine town, but it's relatively expensive, and I feel as though I was there too long.

I hit a high point of this portion of the trail, which is relatively low, but has a decent view. The wind is low, and the temperature quite high in comparison to what I've experienced before.

I don't even really need to sleep in a down jacket tonight - this would be the first time.

After changing to my night clothes, and eating a relaxed dinner, there's still sunlight, and I just wait for the sunset. I'll crawl into the bivy when the darkness completely takes hold.

I spend the time eating some of my rather large supply of chocolate and marshmallows.

It's good to be out here.
Go west, young man. But sometimes, face south.