START: Saddle at 660.9 mile mark
FINISH: Half mile past Long Valley Loop Road (690.1 miles)
DISTANCE: 29.2 miles (47 km)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 690.1 miles (1110.4 km)
My optimism in regards to having seen the worst of the poodle bush, turned out to be a tad misplaced. Indeed, by day’s end my feet and legs had swollen beyond recognition, the rash had spread to parts of my upper body and for all intensive purposes I resembled a scruffy, Antipodean version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. One of the toughest 29 mile days I have done in quite a while.