With a little less than a mile to go, we took a break. I took off my trail-running shoes and discovered my first blisters, including a 2” x 3” job on my right foot and several on my toes. The unnecessary river crossing I had done two days ago had gotten my minimalist footwear wet, and they hadn’t dried out by yesterday. I had worn them anyway, with wool socks, but wearing them at all may have been a mistake. You never want moisture near your foot when you walk a long way.