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PCT Loco
City: Redondo Beach
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: May 8, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 14th, 2009
Start: Warner Springs
End: Lost Valley Spring
Daily Distance: 8
Trip Distance: 119.4

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Day 7: Saying goodbye to Warner Springs

Writing this from Warner Springs, before hopefully making it to Lost Valley Spring later in the day. A few update on the last few days:

I was starting to get blisters on my toes and switching to the Injinji socks was the trick. I'm getting some pretty painful calluses, but glad to say that the blisters are not bothering me at all. Dehydration has not been a problem. If anything, to date, I've been carrying too much water. When I get to water stops, I seem to have too much left.

Trail angels rule. When one gets to Scissors Crossing, there is a stream that is usually dry (it certainly is now). People volunteer to bring water there just to help us lowly hikers out. When I made it there Tuesday morning, there must have been 100 gallons of water. Awesome. The hike from Scissors on is 23 miles of shadeless desert. The guide books say to never do this in the heat of the day because the temperatures are typically 100 or more. I did it anyway. I don't have a thermometer, but I'd be surprised if it were 85.

Both that day and the day before, I was able to comfortably put in 25 miles without too much ill effect on my body. Surprising how well the old body is holding up.

When Lynn & I drove by Scissors Crossing last Friday, we left oranges for PCT hikers. I was kind of hoping there would some left when I came by. Sadly, there wasn't. But when I got to Barrel Spring yesterday, there was 1 orange left that someone had dropped off. I love karma! And then I get an ice cold pepsi to boot. Woo-hoo!

I made it to Warner Springs at 1 yesterday smelling like death, I'm sure. They say you don't smell yourself as strongly as others do. If that's the case, I'm sure the people in Riverside were wondering what the reek was. Did launday, had a burger for lunch and fish & chips for dinner, and it was all fantastic.

Slept in a bed again yesterday. It was rough having to sleep on the ground for 2 whole nights. Woe is me. But sadly, one must trudge on. I'm planning on heading out around 2 heading north. It's been desert, or desert-y hills so far. Now it's into the real mountains in 2 days. More to come...

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