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Elderly Ellen
State: AZ
Country: US
Begins: Apr 20, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Apr 27th, 2010
Start: Scissors Crossing
End: near Barrel Spring
Daily Distance: 22
Trip Distance: 102.0

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Day 9: off to the races

Well...quite a day. Started off with everyone bolting from Scissors Crossing at first light. You see, the hike today featured a long dry section. 23 miles to a mice-infested spring. Some local angels have improved this section by stocking potable water at mile 13 (bless them!). The 13 miles is mostly uphill, climbing up into the next set of desert mountains. So everyone wanted to get an early start up the long, hot climb. After the first couple of hours, I had to remind myself that it wasn't a race and that a slow, steady climb would get the job done. We leapfrogged several other hikers,and we eventually all made it to the famous 3rd gate water cache. Tons of gallons of water were hauled in here to help the hikers. We all sat around in the marginal shade. Yeahbut and I had dinner, since we probably would be dry camping (camping where there was no water). We socialized and relaxed for about an hour and a half, eventually hitting the trail around 2PM. We continued to climb into the hills. Fortunately, there were some strong winds to keep us comfortable. We figured we would walk a few more hours, camp when we found a good spot around 5PM. The trail had other plans. It took us up and over the ridgetop, then wound down the other side. We contoured in and out of drainages forever with no possible campsites seen. Finally, we could see that we were dropping down to Barrel Springs. Actually, it was probably for the good that we did our first 20+ mile day. The winds are picking up. Forecast says gusts up to 50 mph. There's an edge of a storm that's skirting the area. Hopefully, no rain tonight. We're set up on a sand bar on a bend in the trail. We're tired but no major problems from covering the distance. We'll snack on some lunch food and get some sleep. We passed the 100 mile mark. Only 2550 to go!

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2010

Elderly Ellen and YeahBut
'The miracle isn't that I finished, the miracle is that I had the courage to start.' John (the Penguin) Bingham


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