Miles hiked: 29.4
Today started off abruptly at 2:00 am when the alarm clock in the hotel room started blaring loudly. This was thanks to the room’s previous occupants.
After ripping the cord from the wall, all three of of us were wide awake. I decided to just start hiking. Anja (now trail named Southbound) and Legend joined me. We were on the road walk by 3:00 am. After chugging a Gatorade from the gas station we began our 27+ mile hike through the longest waterless section thus far. This day would take us up 6000 feet in elevation. I started with 6.5 liters of water in my pack.
We rejoined at a water cache 6 miles in where we all chugged another liter of water as the sun was rising.
I pulled away from Smokey during one of his breaks and caught up with Debra who’s from New Zealand. We had a brief lunch in the shade of a pine tree and got to know each other a bit. I liked her from the first time we spoke and we enjoyed each other’s company briefly too.
|View of LA smog|
Wrightwood was the most welcoming town ever so far. Southbound and I had a hiker trash moment just sitting in the shade in front of a Mountain Hardware store drinking Mountain Dew and sharing a beer. Then it was off to the Bear With Us Hostel for showers, etc.
|Hiker Trash Moment|
Tomorrow is either a zero (if I can convince Southbound to stay) or a Nearo if I can’t. She and I hike at a similar pace, we share a similar sense of humor, and I want to keep her in my trail family if I can.