I have to take a day off today. (Zero miles hiked)
My right foot is seriously trashed. Large blisters on the ball (bottom) of the foot, big toe and the whole front of the foot is swollen and it hurts to walk. I drained them yesterday but they need a rest.
I believe I have found the cause: Dirt. Specifically, dirty socks.
I tested these shoes with 50 miles of walking/hiking and they performed wonderfully…with clean socks. Now Dirty is the mark of the PCT hiker and I didn’t give much thought to socks. They worked great until day 4 when the rotation went back to the first sock and the dirt encrusted fabric acted more like sand paper. By day 5 the foot couldn’t take any more.
Now this is a hard thing as I’m in the desert and water is precious. Do I have to use a liter of water just to wash socks? I guess I do! Damn, more water to carry. 😦
So I’ll stay today, Thursday in the tiny town of Julian. If grumble more, but the object is to finish the PCT, and I’ll do that.