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Jerniganh - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2012

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Hayden "Hot Dog" Jernigan
City: Tallahassee
State: Florida
Country: United States
Begins: May 21, 2012
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Start: Mojave
End: Kennedy Meadows
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 183.4

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Kennedy Meadows Finally

During the previous night I woke up to the feeling that my entire ground cloth was moving underneith me. To my suprise I had placed my ground tarp on a underground civilization of ants and they were all over the bottem of my ground tarp. I began crushing them and trying to kill them, but then I realized that they were not even trying to get to the other side of the tarp where I was sleeping. I said screw it and just slept. I woke up to most of them dead.

I woke up at 5:25 this morning and had a Milky Way candy bar to get me going. I then packed everything and began a long hitch to Kennedy Meadows. It was like maybe 30 min. of walking on the side of the road with my finger out and a sign i made with the ground tarp and I got a ride. Why was it not this easy last night. The guy who picked me up initially was a really chill guy, but the more I talked to him the more he was questioning my "faith" in God. He kept repeating scriptures and telling me "if you dont love god with all you heart...", "its the first commandment." He then gave me a Bible when He droped me off on the side of the road at Interstate 14. Nice guy all in all, but he truely wanted me to be something else.

I then continued hitching down this unpopulated interstate in the middle of California. It was only 6:20 when he dropped me off, so no figure. After about an hour of hitching a nice F-250 pulled over and said he would take me all the way to Nine Mile Road, which is the 25 mile straight shot to Kennedy Meadows. I then helped him remove some equipment and parts from a 1953 VW Bug. He was refurbishing it for a frield and the progress so far was tremendous. He then took me to the spot where he said he would and we parted ways.

On this road there were like no cars at all. It was shitty. I saw one car comming the opposite way I was going after an hour of hitching. Then finally I saw a Green 80's F-150 coming. I knew this might be my only chance, so I held my sign say "PCT HIKER" High in the air almost falling from the despiration in my step. Yet the Ford didn't stop. I thought I would have to make this 25 Mile hike on my own and i was only like 3 miles in. I sat down and began to read the Bible that Dale had given me. After about 30 min. of reading and a quick snack I was bewildered to see another Ford coming, surely this was the one. I again desprately waved the sign, and it all payed off. The nice new F-150 stoped and had two nice gentelmen onboard. They had lived here since like the 1950's and they said they havn't seen hitch hikers since the Hippy age where they were happy to pick up a nice looking Hippy Girl. One of them had property two miles from Kennedy Meadows General Store, So they said they would just take me there. I was suprised i didnt get car sick going on these roads, but I didnt and it was a great drive up some beautiful mountains. i arrived at the General Store and got directions to Tom's House where I am sitting now wrighting this journal. His place is really nice: lots of trailors and a internet cafe. I plan on staying here a bit to let the packages get here. Hope they come soon. I want to get on Whitney.

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