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Mike-nancy - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2018

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Mike "Big MAC" Corona
City: Riverside
State: CA
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 31, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018
Start: Little Jimmy Campground - 383.9
End: Highway 2 crosssing - 401.1
Daily Distance: 17.2
Trip Distance: 300.8

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Entry Visits: 648
Journal Visits: 5,185
Guestbook Views: 28
Guestbook Entrys: 2

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Day 18

I woke up in the morning feeling pretty good. I usually break camp and hit trail, then stop somewhere down the trail to have breakfast. This morning I decided to take my time, have breakfast and hit the trail. First, was a descent down to the Islip Saddle Trailhead, then the climb up Mt. Williamson, down to Hwy 2, up over another nameless hill, down to the Eagles Roost Picnic Area and a short break. At this point there is a trail closure that requires a short road walk of 2.2 miles. So, I hit the road. I hadn't gone when I rounded the bend and Kelly, a fellow hiker who left camp just before me, came running out onto the road from a turn-out yelling "Trail Magic" "Trail Magic". I stopped and had some watermelon and tea. The trail angel was out celebrating her husbands 72nd birthday by offering trail magic to hikers. Her husband was "Grandpa MAC" who had previously hiked the trail. She was really an awesome lady. So, then we all left together. Kelly, Kevin, Shy Guy, Parsley and me hiked on to Buckhorn Campground where we stopped to have lunch. After lunch we went down the Copper Creek Trail to rejoin the PCT. When we reached Copper Creek they all stopped to fill up there water bottles, but I had already filled mine at the campground, so I hiked on. It was a pretty steep uphill climb out of Copper Creek and I figured their young legs would catch me before I reached the top. I was right, after a little more than a mile they caught and passed me. After another five miles I reached the 400 mile marker. Then, as I was skirting a narrow part of the trail, a rock rolled out from under my foot and I started to fall. This was the leg with the sore knee. I tried to catch myself with my trekking pole, but as I put all my weight on it, the pole collapsed and wrenched my back. Luckily, I fell against the hill and not down the ravine. I was only a mile from the road. I was able to make it to the road and got a ride to a spot where I could get cell service. I called Nancy and she came and picked me up again.
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Finally On The Trail

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

 

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