Another new state--both geographically, mentally,and emotionally.
Started the day off with a breakfast of soupy dairy-free ice cream (no freezer in in-room refrigerator) mixed with left over rice from lunch the day before. I know it sounds horrible, but given my state of nutritional depletion, it was tasty and went down easily.
Today we'd climb to 9,000' of elevation (pretty high for this flatlander who lives at 600') for a total of about 5,000' of climbing. One stretch took Ellie, Melissa, and me 1 hour and 52 minutes to climb 10 miles. T'was a slow go. But the 15 mile descent was a well-deserved payback.