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Country: USA
Begins: Apr 6, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Apr 14th, 2009
Start: Campo
End: Lake, kinda
Daily Distance: 20.6
Trip Distance: 20.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 2,359
Journal Visits: 5,806
Guestbook Views: 377
Guestbook Entrys: 6

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We three crazies at the Southern Terminus - photo by Bob Riess

Back so soon?

Didn't think I'd be saying this so soon, but we're back in Franklin. Not permanently, but for the dog. Yes, the hound showed her age very early in her hike, and by the time we made it just 20 short miles up the trail, we had decided to take her home. In short, problems with paws (boots rubbing sores around her feet - and yes, these were broken in), and with the heat (our first day was unseasonably warm for early April, 80+ deg) made our sweet old pup decide she'd rather not was pretty obvious when she began refusing to move after laying down for a break. Our number one rule for this hike was to listen to her if and when she asked to be done with this trip, and we did. To all those who said the terrain in SoCal is too tough for dogs, you're allowed one "I told you so" each. Three years ago, Uff would have proved you all wrong, but she is showing her age. To all those thinking about taking a dog through the desert, think very hard about the decision you're making for the animal. This is tough terrain. Don't mess around with it. Twenty miles of Wisconsin terrain is no issue with Uffizi, but the desert is something else. In hindsight, the best thing we could have done would have been to bring her down for a month or so to train down near San Diego in the heat and dryness, but of course that wasn't possible....

So once again, we were back in a rental car for a three day blast back here to Milwaukee. Dearest Fotzers, you'll never know how much money we just spent for you to hike 20 miles.

For Jenny and I, though, this trip isn't quite over. We're headed back next week, dropping in on the ADZPCTKO, then we're back off down the trail. We're revisiting our pack weights, ditching the big tent and all the dog gear, taking the dog food out of resupply boxes and repacking, replanning our trip to cover more miles per day, and, best of all, carry less food between stops. The dog will be living the life of luxury with family here in Wisconsin; days full of naps in the sun for her this summer.

See you other hikers out there.

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Jenny, Andy And Uffizi On The PCT

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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