Things had been pretty routine the last 4-5 days pretty good weather just hiking along. Now though it has come time to double my pleasure double my fun so to speak. Rain has hit me off and on and when it is on, it is a pain in the ass. Now though coupled up with a little cold front it has been raining and cold. I would take heat any day over cold, one of the main reasons I started in April rather than March.
Hiking in the rain and cold is down right miserable, so far, by far the most miserable conditions I have come across. I was cold all day tempered by warming up some from walking but taking a break while hiking in the cold and rain was worse because my body heat evaporated with a quickness. I took less breaks because I knew they would be miserable. It felt like it took forever to warm up somewhat again once I started off. Thinking of funny stories I have heard helped to take my mind off of it. One I kept playing in my head was where my girlfriend was at a place in India or maybe it was Thailand.. whatever.. where people could get close to elephants, take rides and feed them. There was a table where you could buy bananas to feed the elephants. One of the elephants made the connection that when women carrying purses went to the table they got bananas. So an enterprising elephant saw a woman's purse behind her went over picked it up with his trunk and walked over to the banana table. The elephant plunked the purse down on the table reached over with his trunk grabbed a big bunch of bananas and walked marched off to enjoy his grub. That always makes me laugh and is better to think about than freezing my cajones off.
I could see how people die from exposure/hypothermia in conditions that don't seem all that bad when you are not out in it without shelter. More people die from conditions like that than from really terrible weather. That is not to say that I think this weather was bad enough to do that while I was hiking, it was just really crap weather that sucked to be out in. Another 10-15 degrees colder and it would have been something to think about but I think it was around 55-60 degrees. That really isn't a big deal but with the rain and some wind no wonder people figured out how to build houses.