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Katy
City: Oakland
State: California
Begins: May 1, 2022
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, May 15th, 2022
Start: 290, 6k elevation
End: 318, 3300 elevation
Daily Distance: 28
Trip Distance: 319.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 117
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Day 18

I did my longest day yet today- 28 miles! I got on the trail today by 6:00, and I felt good so I set off purposefully fast. The morning was cool, and the terrain was pretty easy. Soon, I was hiking on the side of a canyon. Below, I could see a creek. It was very pretty- lots of interesting rock formations and on the trail there were all sorts of wildflowers and colorful grasses. The grasses could go from straw colored to a burnt red. There were purple flowers, and trees with beautiful yellow blossoms.



At around ten it started to get seriously hot though- the canyon was pretty humid as well. By eleven, I was officially very hot, and soaked in sweat. The trail was rolling, and completely exposed to the sun. I drank a ton of both water and water with electrolytes. However, it was not enough and I could feel I was getting a little dehydrated and heat struck. I pulled out my sun umbrella, which helped a bit, but the canyon was just muggy. Around noon, I got to a creek with a ton of shade, it was like an oasis. Keeper and Runner were already there, and so I sat down for a good half hour, drinking water, soaking my feet and just recuperating. I had definitely gotten a little heat struck. I all the sudden felt like all my energy was sapped, and my muscles felt creaky.



After that, I moved down the trail much slower. I felt like a wrung out rag. The Deep Creek hot springs was two miles after the oasis, and me and keeper just kept on moving. We had no desire to put our feet or body in hot water, and we had already taken a break. Plus, there were tons of ordinary people at the springs, and we didnt feel like being around a boat load of people.



Our plan had been to get to a dam and creek crossing that was around miles 24. Keeper was ahead of me and got there first. I crossed the creek by walking a Tutsi thin logs, and then collapsed next to Keeper and a young Australian couple. There were ATVs that we saw drive through the creek, blasting music. I had zero desire to drink that creek water, at watching vehicles drive through just confirmed that. We wanted to get away from that area, and more into the wilderness (and to go to a water source we could actually use). Plus, me and Keeper hatched a plan to go into Cajon tomorrow night and stay at the Best Western. That way we could get dinner there, showers, do bathtub laundry, and buy a convenience store resupply. So, we figured do a 28 today, and then wake up early and do a 24 into Cajon.



After the rest at the creek, we set off. Fortunately, there was a water cache a short distance away. I got more water for the four miles, and we made good time to mile 28. This campground has at least 6 people besides me and Keeper. Its perfect, I was able to clean my clothes for tomorrow, and get a little more water for the ten miles to the next water source. Our goal is to get up at 4:30 and be on trail by 5:00. That way, we can get in more miles before the heat. And, we can roll into Cajon relatively early to spend more time relaxing, clean, in our hotel room.



Miso and Spicy are trying to catch up. We keep texting them. Hopefully, they can catch up in Cajon.

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Katy's PCT Adventure

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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