Got up and got out. No knee pain on waking or walking. When the first downhill came, so did the pain. I didn't let it get me down though. So my goal today was to hike uphill as fast as possible and do what I could on the downhill. Turned out to be a lot of climbing on the first half of the day. I was going uphill a lot faster that I had been and only going a little slower downhill. I felt so good, I decided to take a 15 minute break and lay my stuff out in the sun to dry. When I started back up, I felt great and the knee pain was gone. I had some bomber descents and was really making time. I decided to push on and camp at about mile 518. Which, would give me a 42 mile day. Well as I got to about where I was going to camp, I saw three bears one of which was a cub. So I decided to book it. Up over the hill and bomb the two remaining miles downhill to the next shelter. I was running out of light but still just flying down the trail. Eventually I slowed down and walked the last half mile while eating. I got to the shelter and everyone was real nice and welcoming. I got a top bunk, setup, massaged and passed out. Today was my longest day yet! It followed a 43 mile day yesterday. I feel great. I think I am finally ready to make a push.
Averaging 37 miles per day