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Brianle - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2018

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Brian "Gadget" Lewis
City: Bellevue
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 29, 2018
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
Start: Star Lake
End: Kingsbury South Trailhead
Daily Distance: 8.6
Trip Distance: 388.3

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 302
Journal Visits: 5,184
Guestbook Views: 130
Guestbook Entrys: 4

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Smoke haze again limits views and air quality

Suddenly - - - Done

Our plan was to to get into South Lake Tahoe today via a shuttle, where Tim was scheduled to go home while the rest of us would get resupplied and back on trail the next day. But.

Ed told us last evening that he has been fighting an increasingly bad Achilles tendon issue, soaking it in streams when possible, taking ibuprofen, hoping it would get better, but at this point it was clear that he just needed to get off trail. Carl and I conferred and decided that it would be more fun for all concerned if we got off trail too and hung around this area together for a few days until our scheduled flights home.

Making this decision easier, we woke this morning to smoke and limited views due to smoke from the south. And I'm having some soreness on the part of my foot that I had surgery on in 2009. Maybe not a big deal, but still. The stars seem to be aligned with us leaving the trail. It's been a good run this last month, but we all feel happy with this plan.

The hike out this morning was pretty uneventful, apart from reduced views due to smoke. We made the 10 o'clock shuttle and suddenly we were whisked to the touristy world of South Lake Tahoe, where we're lodging tonight in a full-blown casino... as we're in Nevada here. Five minutes walk from us is the California border.

Anyway, our trip is cut short and this is the last blog entry for it!

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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:


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