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David "Day-Late" Thibault
Begins: Apr 29, 2009
Date: Tue, Jul 14th, 2009
End: Myrtle Flat Camp
Daily Distance: 7
Trip Distance: 1,285.6
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NERO out of Belden
Short hiking day today.
Got up and had a fabulous pancake breakfast with the trail angles (Braattens). I then started a few town choirs.
I went to the post office and surprisingly my package was there. It had just come in - this was great news because now I had all my maps and other trail information. I also picked up a couple of days of food in the box.
I then went to the store and did laundry. After laundry I ate a big lunch and headed back to the hostel. On the way there I ran into a group of guys mining gold from the Feather River. I talked to them for a bit as I was interested in thier operation - but they didn't seem too interested in sharing any information. I was interested in if you could make enough to support the 5 people that were there and what kind of permissions or regulations they needed to follow. I got answers to neither (I guess I'll just have to keep my day job).
After getting back and going through my food drop and checking out my equipment I decided I would not leave until later in the afternoon. It was pretty hot out - around 90 degrees and I thought an early afternoon start up a long exposed climb didn't sound too fun.
Around 4 PM I hit the trail. The walk up to where I am camping was okay - it was sometimes exposed but it was a very gradual incline. I left town with "Ancient Brit" and he is camping at this spot tonight also. I was planning on sleeping out tonight because it is kind of warm but the mosquitoes here are a little pesty so I set up my tent for the bug protection.
After I got into camp (actually every night after I get into my tent) I check out the maps for the next day. Tomorrow I will hit a long, 24 mile stretch without water on the trail. There may be water a half mile off the trail at one point. I will hit this section later in the day which means I am going to have to carry a lot of water tomorrow.
For breakfast I had pancakes. For lunch a hamburger and a milkshake. For dinner I had pea soup and some tortillas. I wasn't starving for a change so I ate a little light tonight so I will have more food for the next couple of nights.
(from my peek)
Thru Hiking the PCT in 2009 (yes all 2650 miles)
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