Miles hiked: 21.9
I woke up a minute before my 5:30 am alarm. After a quick breakfast at the hotel and saying goodbye to my trail family, I caught a ride from a trail angel named Richard and I was hiking the PCT again by 7:00 am. It was so good to be back on this 18-inch wide swathe of dirt. I was home again. I hiked solo for the first big climb that rose from the desert floor and into the foothills of the Tehachapi mountains. The climb was steep, the sun was hot, my pack was weighted down with 6 days of food and 4 liters of water, but I was happier than I’d been in a few days.
|steep trail with flowers|
|HoosierDaddy on trail|
|Hiker playing music on Bluetooth Speaker|
Just Kidding - wanted to see if you are paying attention
Socks & Ziploc are also behind us somewhere. I missed hiking with Ziploc today too. She and I had essentially hiked or camped together off and on for much of the last 300 miles. We even kicked it together on our zero days in Wrightwood and Tehachapi. It was different and sort of sad that she’s now chosen to hike solo.
I think it’s healthy that people are embracing the HYOH mentality. That being said, I still miss my friends.
The moon is hovering above me right now, after I just watched a decent sunset from my tent spot.