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MaccoMan - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2017

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City: Sheboygan
State: WI
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 11, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Apr 22nd, 2017
End: Paradise Valley Cafe - Mile 152
Daily Distance: 10
Trip Distance: 152.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,038
Journal Visits: 15,250
Guestbook Views: 272
Guestbook Entrys: 21

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Day 12

We had about 14 miles to get to Paradise Valley Cafe. I was short on water due to having to dry camp the night before. The first water source was about 5 miles but the cache was empty. When you're thirsty it's hard not to drink all your water - you really have to ration it. The next water source was about 7 miles away, which wasn't empty, at a place called Waldon - a small book exchange in the middle of nowhere. I should have looked at the maps more closely because I thought it was mostly downhill but it was all mostly uphill. Seems like the trail only goes up. I had enough water to carry me to the road to Paradise Valley Cafe, where a lot of hikers like to hang out. Got a burger, 3 large waters and 3 large sodas. After the cafe, 6 of us got a ride back in a guys pickup truck to Idyllwild, about 22 miles away. The trail is closed ahead from a fire several years ago so a lot of hikers usually hitch a ride because walking this stretch on the road is very dangerous. Tonight I'm staying in a room complete with a shower, bed and laundry. I may stay here for a few nights to get my blister feeling better. The blister is about the size of a 50 cent piece and under the ball on my left food. It's very painful when I walk. Even with today being a short day, it was exhausting. The desert sun is brutal on me.

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Dave's 2017 PCT Hike

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. It climbs nearly 60 major mountain passes, descends into 19 major canyons and ambles past more than 1,000 lakes and tarns. The PCT also traverses 3 national monuments, 7 national parks, 24 national forests and 33 federally mandated wildernesses.

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