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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: May 6, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, May 17th, 2017
Start: Tehachapi mountains
End: Mojave
Daily Distance: 8
Trip Distance: 216.0

Journal Stats
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Hot Springs Trail Day 12

It did like a heavy misting overnight and Heather burritoed herself again.
What had 7 miles to the road to town and I can't believe I'm saying this
but I was really uncomfortably cold. It was in the 40s, super windy and
misting on us. And of course the PCT wound in and out of every gully and
refused to drop off the hills into the valley where it was probably a lot
more pleasant. I spent much of the time dreaming about town food.

We hit the road around 9 and had just run into a European couple who were
hitching into Tehachapi where most PCT hikers go. We had decided to go the
other way into Mojave for the cheaper motels and better fast food. We had
to walk a few minutes down the road to a side road to Mojave and looking
back the couple had already snagged a ride to Tehachapi. Damn, I was hoping
we hadn't made the wrong choice. The first car came by in a few minutes and
amazingly pulled over but she was rushing to work and could only take us
half way. We decided to stay where we were and then the next car stopped. I
was pretty surprised but I guess everyone knows PCT hikers these days. The
guy who picked us up was going to work and pretty much picks up hikers all
the time. Sweet for us, we were tired and cold.

Mojave was insanely windy. Like blowing over 40 mph and gusting even
higher. It was hard to even walk down the street. We got a room at the
Motel 6 near most of the restaurants, bought some beer, ate a lot and
didn't move much from the motel room. We even resupplied from the Family
Dollar as opposed to walking the mile to the bigger grocery. Heather and I
agree on the funniest things. I feel like most hikers would give me a hard
time about that resupply but instead it was Heather's idea.

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