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Charlie "Tahoma 29" Hyde
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 22, 2010
Date: Wed, May 19th, 2010
Start: Little Rock
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 412.8
Hours Hiked: 9.5
Entry Visits: 354
Journal Visits: 66,451
Guestbook Views: 7,856
Guestbook Entrys: 109
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We're getting this road walking stuff down to an art form. Yesterday was sing along day and today was travel game day!
To cap off our incredible stay with the Nodich family at their ranch, Gay made us three servings of scrambled eggs from their laying hens and she brought them all to us at our campsite as we sat in lawn chairs. Such gracious hosts! And she gave us a lift back to the spot in town where we had left off yesterday. We had to make a diagonal navigation through the desert to get back on the main detour and I led us a bit astray up a gully that was close to but not quite in the right direction so we gingerly eased ourselves down a steep slippery slope to get back on track. My next call to delay fording a river turned out to be better guided.
Then commenced mile after mind numbing mile of walking on the paved Mt Emma Rd.
But we passed the time quite effectively by playing exceptionally long games of "I went on a PCT hike and I took with me a ____ and a ____ etc" The first game was alphabetically (an aardvark, a bee sting, a cat, Dumbo the Elephant, an egg, a feather etc etc. The second, of greater challenge, was random. Joe proved to be a worthy champion of the 1st.
We paused for a long snack at the side of the road, when what should appear but some welcome trail magic from a former PCT'er named Perry; extra water and big juicy oranges. Sweet! Twenty minutes later under the same tree and another trail angel brought us McDonald's hamburgers and cold Gatorades. Our only challenge there which haunted us the rest of the day was the tree pitch that I sat in and Joe put his pack in. Sticky mess on the butt which I relieved a bit by scraping it along the sand, a very attractive motion!
Joe and I guided us through a 3-4 mile short cut trail to save some distance at the risk of teeing off the neighbors.
Back to Aliso Canyon Road and pavement, followed by Soledad Canyon Road and more pavement. By this time our game had switched to add-on stories as each of us added on to the Saga of Daniel in which he turns into a snake, falls in love with Super Woman, has a big milk shake, and dreams of using the restroom at Blum Ranch, the next stop on our itinerary and a family business for 115 years! A long break there while Dan took a nap and we talked with the down to earth owners.
Only three more miles and we arrived in Acton, CA. Grocery store, Chinese food for dinner and we were set. Hagan Daz chocolate on chocolate ice cream bars and we hopped over the RR tracks to find our desert camp site. Nice warm temperature to accompany the train whistles tonight.
Tomorrow, 15 miles seems to be our trek before reaching Hiker Heaven at the Sauffley's house in Agua Dulce, right on schedule for Marian's wedding. Trying to get to Tehachapi Willow road by Wed evening next week for Eric to pick me up and another 5 zero days for the wedding.
All for now, falling asleep...
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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