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4-28 to 6-3
To summarize the past several weeks: just more miles, sand, trees, water searching and snakes.
I got food poisoning in Agua Dulce - 4 days of the runs and I “sharted” just once. At this point I was11 days off my projected schedule. I was drained with the sweats and chills. I aced all over. But now I can fart again with confidence. I got back into full swing by “Hiker Town” where we started doing 20+ mile days over the several days starting with 18 then 21, 25, 20, 22, 20. My feet still hurt a lot and I’m getting my 4th pair of shoes, size 16 EE. If I ever get my feet/index toe to stop hurting I’ll do 30 miles, easy. This is one accomplishment: the confidence to be able to hike 20+ miles a day ever day! And not even have to think about it!
Now I’m at the start of the Sierra’s, Walker Pass – mile 653! And 50 miles to Kennedy Meadows.
The last week in Mojave Desert has been special I’m told with rain and hail storms! Five of us got caught on a ridge at 6000’ with we were hit with several inches of rain and hail. Chuck Norris pulled out his 5x8 tarp – all of us huddled under it as the hail pelted our legs. It lasted 20 minutes. There we were standing on the trail under a tarp with the hail covering the ground and the rushing water washing out from under our feet! The storm stopped and we dashed off to hike to stay warm and it all started again! Nope it never rains in CA… After the rain/hail the temps went back up and we dried out our gear in the sun before continuing on.
The rattlesnakes are still plentiful and we may have encountered a small Mojave Green? It had just killed a large mouse when we walked up. But we’re not sure the snake was big enough to eat? Jukebox tried to pin him down which just made Mr. Snake real mad as he chased him toward me - I was videoing the encounter. Not a good way to have fun in the desert. The Mojave Green is supposed to be 30x’s more dangerous than the common rattler?
We leave the comfort of Lake Isabella’s hotel today, full of pizza and pasta. And now it is onward to Kennedy Meadows to get “bear canisters, food and warm clothing for the big climbs including Mount Whitney – 14,000+
Diamond - Deep In The Rough
The PCT is 2650 miles of trail from Mexico to Canada where you have to fight through snakes, lions and bears every inch of the way!
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