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Ron & Julie "Snowplow & Rubber Legs" Cluster
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jun 16th, 2009
Start: Circus Circus in Reno, NV
End: Pooh Corner - 5980 ft
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 497.7
Entry Lat: 39.31689
Entry Lng: -120.27253

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 786
Journal Visits: 94,665
Guestbook Views: 34,232
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Truckee RR Station

Pooh Corner

Hit the breakfast buffet at Circus Circus and it was fantastic. They had everything. Fruit bar, salads, taco bar, oriental stir fry, desserts and of course all the normal breakfast stuff (and then some) including omlettes. No way could we try it all. Then it was off to the business center in the hotel to get the shipments to home sent off. Shelly was really helpful getting everything securely wrapped, boxed, stuffed and taped. Back up to the room to finish up packing and get checked out. Rockstar is holding her room until 2:00pm for an extra $ 10.00 so we will hang out in her room until then.

Then we have a 7 block walk to the Greyhound station, stopping at an ATM and maybe a coffee shop on the way. Pawee & Mawee are coming in on the bus from Bishop and will meet us at the bus station. The 5 of us will take the Greyhound to Truckee where Pooh will pick us up and take us to the trailhead. When I talked to Pooh a few minutes ago he even offered to put us up for the night if we want to. I'll mention that to the others and see what the group thinks.

We caught the bus to Truckee at 3:30pm with Rockstar and Pawee & Mawee. They all want to get hiking today so we will possibly take advantage of Pooh's hospitality on our next trip through this area. The weather is partly cloudy and about 70 degrees here in Reno. The forecast for Donner Summit is cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers, temps in the high 60's. We are getting some reports from hikers who have pushed on into the Sierra from Kennedy Meadows and they all have had a rough time. One girl slid down the snow about 1000 ft before she could arrest herself with her ice axe. She had to have help from other hikers to get back up to the trail. The high passes are all solid snow, navigation is difficult and there are many areas where the snow is deep and soft so you are constantly postholing up to your crotch. Add to that the really low temperatures with snow and wind, and all this just confirms that we have made the right decision for us.

Pooh was at the bus stop in Truckee when we arrived. He gave us a current weather report (chance of showers tonight, sunny tomorrow) and again made the offer to have dinner, spend the night, have breakfast and get a ride to the trailhead in the morning. We talked it over a bit and decided to accept. Rockstar is on a pretty tight schedule and will continue on tonight. Pawee, Mawee, Julie and I had a nice evening visiting and a great dinner. Bill & Molly are wonderful hosts, opening up their home on Donner Lake to many, many hikers through the season. We are their first thru-hikers this season but they still are prepared for guests.

After a nice evening of visiting and admiring the view out over the lake, we head for bed. Pooh will take us to the trailhead at Interstate 80 tomorrow right after breakfast. Bill & Molly, we so appreciate your hospitality, thanks very much!

Animal sitings: None

Sounds of Freedom: Nothing today.

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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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