you are so right, 1st third seems like, this isn't going to be so bad, bout time you go through tunnel and start down legs start letting you know, i think its why so many day hikers get into trouble, especially in summer, drinking only little water no salty snacks, muscle is used to pushing instead of the constant catching and lowering, but your right, its the reason i stay extra night then haul before dawn. I'm almost never sore or hurting as fatigued, until i get to the showers, then wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil & spices and bread, then really sleep. Of course you feel frisky @ river because of elevation, bout 5k up u start feeling the effects, but its all worth it. In fact you've bout talked me into one more time. BTW you know there a gentleman who lives and works on the southside, he makes about 45 crossing (both ways) every year, last year he turned 80 and to celebrate he made 80 round trips, one of the rangeretts introduced me when he was up on the north rim, nice guy just really lean, LOL
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