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Dusty Roads - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2017

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Dustin "Traveling Dusty Roads" Stensland
City: Laporte
State: Minnesota
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 29, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 25th, 2017
Start: Mile 845 Campsite
End: Mile 860 Campsite
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 892.0
Hours Hiked: 13
Min Temp: 40
Max Temp: 75
Breaks: 3

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Day 58. Dead Batteries

When I went to sleep last night I thought my external battery charger read 72%, but when I woke up after having my cell phone plugged into it all night my cell phone battery had only charged 40% and I thought nothing of it. Maybe the cord came out in the middle of the night. Throughout the day of checking GPS location for the trail and listening to my audio book, The Stand by Stephen King which I love by the way, my cell phone battery dropped all the way to 10%. I pulled out my battery charger and found that it was completely dead. The way I figure, is that either I accidentally turned on the battery's flashlight or I read the percentage upside down and maybe it read 27%. I'm not sure, either way I had no more juice and still had 2 more days to make it to Vermilion Valley Resort. Because of this I did not write my journals on the day that I had hiked. Rather I am writing them a week afterwards, so my recollection is a little hazy. It's difficult enough to remember what I did yesterday hahaha.

We woke up from another night of having a wonderful fire. I cowbow camped so I could lazily wake up in the middle of the night and grab a few more shots of the Milky Way. The moon will be in the sky again next week, blocking out the best views of the Milky Way so I'm trying to get the best pictures while I can. We left hoping that we had a day of mostly snow free trail ahead, this was the case for half the day as we descended down into another valley between two passes. On our way back up another "shorter" pass we encountered snow again. Nothing crazy or out of the ordinary but it slowed us down. Either way we were happy to put 15 miles behind us and make another day of better than worse case scenario that we had planned. At this rate we'll be in VVR 2 days in advance. Meaning that we can eat our food rations more, both making our pack lighter and having bigger, heartier meals.

We went finished the day feeling in great spirits, we are only another 16ish miles to the VVW junction, and another 6 miles down that trail to VVR. Little Dipper and I plan on taking the ferry across the lake in the morning after next. The other two plan on hiking the extra 5 miles past the ferry landing to avoid the $ 23 fee that the ferry charges. Reasonable either way, I'm lazy and still way under budget this month because I've been out in the wilderness the entire time.

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