He said this slow start was typical for him. He took his time getting up in the morning and wouldn't usually leave camp before 9 a.m. He said he could make up time by hiking fast all day.
I have no idea how that is done, but I suppose it has something to do with being close to 40 years younger than me.
As for me, I began to run out of energy after hiking only an hour, and that was with a trail that mostly went downhill the whole way.
I stopped for breakfast and coffee at 8 a.m. when I reached Spinola Creek Trail junction. I hoped this spot would be suitable for drying my gear, but not enough sunlight was filtering through the tall trees.