June 19, 2001
Am pretty far out in the middle of nowhere and just realized how exhausted I am. This elevation thing really snuck up on me, and now, in my 6th or 7th (don't know which--no watch) hour of hike, am running out of water, too. But hot damn--if I'm gonna be exhausted and dehydrated, at least I'm here, in the mountains of CO. This solitude thing fits me well; fearing that I am losing my ability to interact with others. I haven't seen another human being in three hours, and no one on the planet knows where I am. Perfect.