Just before lunch, I had to pull a 3/4 mile long hill with a 7 or 8% grade. Rather than break out the third harness, I tried it with just Doc and Bob. By stopping twice and giving them each a sip of water, we made it despite the heat. A horseís endurance goes way down as the temperature rises. Just like any athlete, care must also be given to prevent heat exhaustion or possibly heat stroke.
I broke the lads out for lunch at the top of the hill. In addition to their oats, I was able to completely tank them up on water. Despite the fact that they were tanked up right before I hitched at 6 AM, they each still downed about 8 to 10 gallons of water.
After lunch, the temperature continued to rise. It was an easy pull down the hill and I set about looking for a place to call it quits for the day. Just off a little side road, I spied a good sizes piece of green grass, next to a draw that I figured might hold running water. After scouting it out and finding it acceptable, I turned in and set about making camp.
I had a lot of visitors today, including a reporter from the Walla Walla newspaper, locals and some folks that came looking for me.