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Begins: Apr 20, 2015
Date: Wed, Jul 1st, 2015
Start: Forest Road
End: Buck Lake Summit road
Daily Distance: 7
Trip Distance: 992.6
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Made camp near a dirt road, in a old campsite. Area was pretty flat and fairly comfortable, but used my 3/4 length air mattress on top of my Z-fold pad. So I was pretty comfortable even with a few bumps.
Never really cooled down much last night. Did not need my down bag, just my silk liner. Day looks pretty good again, but the humidity seem high which really makes us sweat. My ankle is not doing well, so this morning we are going to hike about 7 miles to the Buck Lake Road to get a ride into Quincy to hopefully have a medical person look at it. It will be a slow 7 miles.
Got to the road about 11:30 am, so it took me about 3 hours which included several rest breaks. Waited about 15 minutes for a car, and when it came it went on by. Waited another 5 minutes or so and the next one pulls over. The gentleman said that the fireman in "me" (he use to be a volunteer fireman) couldn't just drive by. His name was Roy.
Roy drives us to the hospital to have my ankle looked at. While driving Red Feather and I Roy mentions that the town is booked and there will likely be no place to stay because of a music festival that starts Thursday and goes till Sunday. So, if we can't find a place, give him a call and we could stay at his place about 8 miles out of Quincy. Great!
Went into the hospital, had X-rays, and talked to a doctor. The doctor said I need to stay off the foot for 2 - 3 weeks. No hiking. No good, but this ankle has been hurting for weeks and not having a chance to heal so I understood. So I need to go home and recover. How do I get home?
One interesting fact I learned at the hospital was about my body weight. When I started hiking the PCT I weighted about 170 lbs. At the hospital I now weight 147 lbs., which was with more clothes on then when I weighted myself a couple of months ago. A little over 2 months and 23 lbs of weight loss. Most of the loss has been muscle mass, since I didn't have a lot of fat to start with.
Ends up that the closes place for transportation home is Reno (about 80 miles away), but there is no direct public transportation from Quincy to Reno. So, people in the hospital start trying to figure out how I can get to Reno. In the meantime they also call Roy to come pick us up. About 30 minutes later while we are still trying to figure out how to get to Reno, Roy shows up and we explain the situation to him. Roy says "I'll take you to Reno". Thank you Roy!!!
Roy takes Red Feather and I into town to get something for lunch, then takes us out to his home for the night. At the house we had a really good dinner with a good salad, corn on the cob, grilled asparagus, and fish. Then Roy fixes us strawberry shortcake with whipping cream for dessert. Wow! We also did laundry and took showers.
This days turned out pretty good, even if I have to go home, which I don't want. Hopefully I can heal up and get strong enough to rejoin Red Feather in a few weeks. People like Roy are truly incredible.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org