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Pierre Provost "Jackrabbit" Paul Dally
City: Vancouver
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Sep 15, 2014
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Start: Home
End: trailhead outside Bridgeport

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On my way!

I took the red eye greyhound bus out of Weed CA last night after driving 6 hours down to Dunsmuir CA from Vancouver. The folks at the Dunsmuir Lodge were so cool helping me leave my car with them at their Motel even though I wasn't spending the night. I thought maybe the cost of a nights lodging for 4 weeks of parking but they said $ 20! I'm leaving the car in Dunsmuir as this is where I will be coming out off the trail mid October.
The red eye arrived in Sacramento on time at 0200 AM for a bus change scheduled to leave at 330. Sadly it was an hour late so we didn't leave until 0430. Sleeping in the bus station wasn't a particularly good option and the bus rides were jostling and shaky. All told I feel very "post call" after a rough night.
Right now I'm hanging out at the river park (very nice park, lots of tourists and homeless people), waiting for the next bus ride, a local run that shoots up and down the east side of the Sierra Mtns and will take me to Bridgeport, my portal to the PCT at Sonora Pass. I hope to have a last meal in town there then hitch up the 31 miles to the trail and walk in a very short distance and camp.
It's been really dry here all summer and even last winter with a light snowpack. I'm sure many streams will be dry but that enough will be running to keep my hike alive. My pack will weigh a ton with 4 days of food and 4 liters of water starting out. How does Pierre define a "ton" in backpacking? My pack upon leaving the house with all food was 21 lbs, the water as described will add about 8 lbs more. (My base weight, no food, water or fuel, was about 13.5 lbs.)
I've been schlepping this pack in and around Reno today, through the Harrah's casino, Starbucks and a subway. Feeling a bit more like the homeless than tourist.
The weather is forecast for a week of sun again. I'd love nice weather but I hate to wish that the drought continues here. Perhaps rain at night then sunny all day?
Driving down on I-5, I saw a huge wild fire burning just north and west of Mt Shasta. It was this crazy high plume of smoke (think eruption of Mt St Helen) that obliterated the
sun for a while. I didn't want to gawk too much at 65 mph but still I could see a rim of flame at ground level from probably 15 miles away. A lone helicopter flew off into the smoke. It's now being measured in sq miles rather than acres. Ouch. Fortunately this is all north of where I will be finishing.

I "yogied" a ride from some young forest service workers where I ate dinner in Bridgeport. He brought me back up Rt 395 to 108 where I started hitching as the sun was beginning to go down. It took two hitches but I got up to the trail with about 30 minutes of light left. I hiked in a bit and heard there was a saddle from one of the forest workers earlier. I found the spot knowing it might be kind of windy. Sadly, it turns out to be very rocky to the point of being impenetrable. I got a few stakes in but it will be a loud floppy tent night.
There seems to be plenty of water around!!! I was rather worried yesterday that most everything would be dried up with the drought and low snowpack. I hope to sleep well as I got minimal sleep last night on the red eye travel night.

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