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Ron & Julie "Snowplow & Rubber Legs" Cluster
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We had a great breakfast of blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit and orange juice. Not bad for $ 7.00! Bob, our ride, had breakfast there also and then Rockstar, Jalan Jalan, Julie and I loaded our packs and boxes into the back of Bob's truck and we were off. The road east out of Kennedy Meadows is paved all the way down to Hwy 395 and in pretty good shape. Steep and twisty, with some rocks on the road, but it's basically 2 lanes wide all the way.
We got down to 395 and headed north, first stop was Lone Pine so Rockstar could drop off a resupply box for when she comes back down here later in the season. Then it was on to Independence so we could pick up our Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads and new headlamps that we had our son Bob include in that shipment. We didn't need the food portion and will leave it there for when we come back later in our hike. Unfortunately none of the boxes had arrived yet so we decided to continue on without the headlamps and pads. We will keep using the ones we have for now. I did make sure the hotel will hold our boxes until we come back down, which could be a month or more, and they said that it wouldn't be a problem.
Bob, our driver, (confused yet?) drove us on into Bishop which saved us a bus ride and got us there sooner also. Not only that, he drove us around Bishop a little as we tried to figure out where things were. We ended up staying at the El Rancho Motel at the south end of town. It's very close to a couple of laundromats, several restaurants and the CREST bus stop which is where we will catch the bus to Reno tomorrow morning.
The 4 of us walked down to Schat's Bakkery (yes that's spelled correctly) and got something for breakfast tomorrow, and of course we had to get a snack so we could make sure it was quality stuff. Not to worry, it is fantastic stuff. Then we stopped at the Looney Bean and used their internet to check bus schedules for tomorrow and to book rooms in Reno. And of course we had to have one of their coffee drinks to make sure it was quality stuff. Staying at one of the casinos downtown, what fun (tongue in cheek, not really our scene) but the room rate was the cheapest in town and Rockstar has stayed there before and knows that the rooms are ok.
We went to do our laundry and then went to dinner at a little mexican place, La Casita, near the motel. Great food, plenty of it, good service and good prices. Then it was back to the motel to get our stuff arranged. We are sending some items home and we had to have a few things from home overnighted to the hotel in Reno.
Up early tomorrow to catch the 7:15am bus to Reno so we're going to sign off now and get some sleep.
Animal sitings: Large herd of elk west of Hwy 395
Sounds of Freedom: Nothing today.
Ron & Julie On The PCT - 2009
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: www.pcta.org
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