We were around 16 miles in and the sun was starting to get hot.
The line where the shade stopped.
That 5 hour energy and brownie, proved to be a LIFE SAVER. I started feeling much, much better. And before I knew it, we were at the Pumphouse. I got my bandana wet and wrapped it around my neck.
It was after the Pumphouse that we really started to climb up the North Rim. Honestly? I was so fucking happy and relieved. I was SICK of running with my huge pack and wobbly legs and I welcomed the hiking uphill. You'd go up a really steep section and then have a little bit of a straight stretch and even though it was pretty hot, my head was feeling so much better and I had quite a bit of energy during this part of the hike.
That probably lasted for about 90 minutes. It was glorious. And then all of the sudden, I started to feel like I needed to use the bathroom. Not a huge deal, except THERE IS NO WHERE TO GO! On one side of you... there is a steep cliff and certain death and and on the other side... there's a rock wall. So, I was afraid that I was going to get to a point where I was just going to have to pop a squat right there in the middle of the trail. BUT, there were people coming down the trail, CONSTANTLY. No privacy. I started to stress out a bit. Melissa passed me and I took a break and took a couple of salt pills thinking that maybe my stomach was just a bit sour. I was pretty miserable. I kept making my way up and eventually the feeling passed. I was pretty fatigued, but I was so fucking ready to get to the top of the North Rim. I knew I had to pass one more water spigot before I got to the top, but I just never seemed to get there.
By this point, the gains were quick and at one point, I saw Melissa above me and I yelled up at her... I told her that when she got to the top, to grab the boys and go ahead and start back down and I would just turn around and start heading down with them. Screw the North Rim. I'd only be missing out on less than a mile and I was just ready to start heading back down. I was in full on survival mode.
And then I started contemplating just turning around and heading back down right then. But, I was afraid that Melissa wouldn't take me seriously and that she and the guys would stay at the North Rim waiting on me forever and forever. ARG! I knew I had to keep going up until I saw them coming down. Around every switchback I imagined that I would see them coming down. And then I'd get there and there just be more trail ahead and another switchback.
It's interesting. I knew that there were going to be some real lows on this trip. It happens in everything... races, runs, etc. And I knew that if just powered through it somehow... that I'd get through it. I guess I just didn't expect them to be such long and severe lows, though.
FINALLY I got to the Supai Tunnel and I knew that the water spigot was going to be right there. There were two guys standing around it and a woman sitting down behind it. Unfortunately... it didn't turn out to be the respite I was hoping for...