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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Sat, Aug 27th, 2011
Start: mile 1980
End: mile 2001
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 1,987.7
Entry Visits: 1,709
Journal Visits: 386,170
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Guestbook Entrys: 482
Race to Big Lake.
All this planning and banking miles has paid off. Now, it is crunch time. I am at mile marker 1980. Big Lake Youth Camp is at mile marker 2001, 21 miles away, I should be able to do that in about nine hours. If I start at 6 am (and don't get dislocated), I can be there at 3 pm.
There was a big trail magic station set up at mile 1988. I really wanted to stop in and visit with Lost and Found but it didn't look good. LnF thank you for what you are doing for us PCT hikers. Sorry I couldn't squeeze in a visit.
Barb was landing in Eugene at 12:45. My brother and his wife would pick her up at the airport and whisk her over to Big Lake. They would most likely be there by 3:30. As I passed the trail magic sign at 1988, I said, I have to go on. There is this nasty lava rock field ahead and it will definitely slow me down. I will be humping it just to get there by 3:30 today. Thank goodness I set myself up at mile 1980 for the final push. I really wanted to see Barb as soon as possible and didn't want them waiting around until 7 or 8 pm this evening for me to arrive.
And it was hot. I wasn't thinking much about water but at the last minute, I checked. There is very little water ahead. But some angel had a water cache set up on the highway, near the observatory. I took a liter.
Even over the lava, I was moving today. Something about town time. I had done 20 miles by 2:40 pm. I was actually ahead of schedule. Right at the 2,000 mile point (according to Halfmile) I took some time and made a small marker out of pine cones. It seemed very temporary. We will see.
You leave the PCT at mile 2001 and hike another mile on a side trail to the youth camp. I arrived at about 3:15. Our resupply box was there. Other hikers came filtering in. "Hey you are Tequila Jack!" they said. Lost and Found was really hoping you would have dropped in on the trail magic today."
Tequila Jack? Not bad. Seems like my trail name is morphing. So many hikers know us from the video and JackandBarb, I guess Tequila Jack "TJ" for short) is a fine name as well. Boo Boo Barb? Not sure of that one.
Not more than 10 minutes after I arrived, my brother Joe, his wife Kathy and Barb roll up. Perfect timing. Imagine, I hike all the way from Mazama Village, via Shelter Cove, planning and humping to set this encounter up and I nailed it. In retrospect, I would have added a day and taken a more leisurely pace and then dropped in on LnF for some socalizing and magic.
It was wonderful to see Barb again after all this time.
Joe had beer, chips and fresh fruit. We partied then split for Bend. At Bend, we checked into our hotel, did the laundry and went out to dinner. Had a fun time. Joe and Kathy live in Roseburg, OR and this was a bit of a drive for them. It would have been difficult to put this together without their help. Many thanks JnK!
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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