Begins: May 20, 2008
Date: Sun, Jul 6th, 2008
Start: Mountain Top
Daily Distance: 12
Trip Distance: 530.4
Hours Hiked: 5
Min Temp: 70
Max Temp: 90
Entry Visits: 526
Journal Visits: 108,967
Gear list Journal Plan
Pacific Crest Trail Map
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Windmills Outside Tehachapi
I had about 12 miles to town today. I walked through a lot of burn for the first few miles, but eventually began to descend through unburnt pine and spruce.
Through trail was pretty torn up by motorcycles and ATV's, but thanks to the maintainers for this section of trail, I had no trouble keeping on track. I have to give kudos here, b/c the posts and markers were clear and well placed at all of the cris-crossed trails. This clearly took a lot of work, and I undoubtedly would have taken the wrong path without the markers. Thank you to the trail maintainers.
I got out to the road to hitch into Mojave. It was hot! The guide said I needed to walk down 100 yards to another road that would take me straight into Mojave. I did, and there was NO traffic. Mojave is not an easy hitch. I finally became desperate, and when a small truck turned onto the road I literally stepped in front of it. Thr truck stopped, and I pratically begged, "Can you please give me a ride into Mojave?". The older gentlman looked at me a moment deciding, and finally said he would give me a ride. On the whole ride in I saw ZERO cars coing the other way. I have absolutely NO idea how I will get back to the trailhead Tuesday morning.
The ride in was interesting as the driver kept adjusting his hearing aid and swerving all over the road. It is a good thing there was no other traffic. I was very nervous on several occaisions watching him drive with a cigarette in one hand, a mixed drink in the other (with little mix) and his constant hearing aid adjustments.
He asked where I was going, and I yelled Canada. Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was way too long, and would have resulted in more adjustments. He informed me I needed a new map b/c neither direction on the road I was hitching would take me north, although I might be able to work my way over to 99 and head to San Francisco and wander around there. I just smiled.
I better run start doing chores now that the death rays are cooling down.
Over time, it really does become more about the journey and not the destination.