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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Wed, Jul 6th, 2011
Start: mile 1416
End: mile 1443
Daily Distance: 27
Trip Distance: 1,005.7
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A Special Day!
Sing it out everyone!
"I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more. Just to be the man who walks one thousand miles and pigs out at your store."
Ok, ok, maybe I didn't get the words exactly right but the store part is more fitting.
I ran the numbers in my head a couple of times and I came up with mile number 1,437. Since I left 437 miles uncompleted down South,, a thousand miles for me is 1,437.
George found the mark for me. I looked around. It was pretty non-descript. I was expecting a big 1,000 written on the trail or maybe an ice chest with cold beers and a sign that said "Congrats Jack on reaching this milestone!" Or, Tequila! What about tequila?
But, there was none of that. There was a patch of snow on the trail ahead as if the PCT knew. And the Kiwis? Where were they on this momentous occasion? Well, they should be somewhere behind me, maybe an hour behind.
Dunc and K-Barb (Kiwi Barb) have no maps or gps for this section, so whenever I am in front, it's my job to point the way. I put down arrows whenever it's confusing and I list mile markers so they know where they are. Today I left them a note on the trail that said I was going to shoot for 25 miles. I was on my own and moving fast. I had a "9 by 9" which means 9 miles by 9 am. and I had fun putting creative trail messages out for the kiwis.
And, yes,I shot some video for the 1,000 mile song - I would get the kiwis in on it later and get the footage off to Kimo (Jim).
Late in the morning, off to my left, I could hear a raging river. This was disturbing because it was the sound of a Sierra river. I could tell from the noise it would be a formidable crossing. I was re-living a nightmare Sierra river crossing. But then I came around a bend in the trail and, there it was, a really nice bridge going over Rock Creek.
The day passed quickly. My Sawyer water filter was clogging up. It was becoming harder and harder to suck water through it. Maybe the yellow pond water clogged it up. I started looking for more creative water sources. There was a spring 2 tenths of a mile off the trail. I got water there. I ran into some other PCT'ers heading south, (Natural High, Nader, Skeeter Bait, and Ryan). I borrowed Natural High's pump and loaded my platy with three liters. That would last me until tomorrow.
On Halfmile's map, a campsite was listed at mile 1443. I passed up many good spots to see what the campsite looked like... A lot of fallen logs and ant hills. I was disappointed. I had done 27 miles today and 1,006 overall. So nice without snow. But I was camped over two ant hills.
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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