Wed 14 may
Good choice on the tent site. I slept really well and woke feeling great was packed up and on the trail just gone six. Today’s plan was to get to the Andersons another trail angels home that hosts hikers. I was starting early as the temperature for this week is going to be three digits swoon. So the start was cool.today it was my back and my hips turn to grumble and complain. The trail started windling it’s way down through wooded areas very pretty until a snake shot by making me jump it was black with yellow and I think a racer..One of the hikers told me this.
If black touches yellow he’s a very nice fellow, but if Black touches red Your Dead!….
A lot let further and a horny toad crossed in front of me this one was quite small.the trail wound on in
places it was filled with colour and beautiful intoxicating aromours.and the scenery as always stunning. As I crossed over one saddle below was a huge lake. I wonder if we will go around it? The closer I got I could see it was a reservoir or a type of dam .then the trail headed off into another direction. As I walked on the temperature began to rise 101° phew.its funny normally when it’s 100° I am naked on a beach trying to get an allover tan with a G&T or cold beer in reach and the sea to cool down in..but in the USA I am dragging a 45 lb pack up an insanely steep mountain drinking warm water out of a plastic bottle how strange..on I marched then wow it’s the Andersons water cache.
I dropped my pack and fell into one of the easy chairs. Then grabbed a ice cold soda from the chest mmmm how good was that. Then i refilled all my water bottles.snd decided to have lunch
Will appeared he’s not sure if he is using his name or Whale.were chatting when Big sauce joins us we are all chatting then Big sauce says .The other day when I passed you it was in the 100 and you were making tea and I thought that’s cool.then I thought it’s over 100 and snailtrainer is brewing up tea..We all laughed . Root beer float appeared grabbed a Soda and was gone he’s on a tight schedule. Then we all left but it wasn’t long before they were out of sight
I was making good time but god was it hot. Then i could see a road .hopefully that’s the rangers station. It’s then two more miles to the Andersons
Soon I was there I wandered around to see if I could find a loo, water both The place was deserted, i was just about to head back to the road when I heard I highya . It was Will sat in the shade.he pointed me to the water so I topped up again .It’s fairly amazing that I can neck a 2 litre bottle of water in seconds i never touched the stuff in the UK unless i was hung over
We both were not bothered about the Andersons so we discussed options as this part of the trail is closed due to fire..Both options consisted of long road walks.i could hitch to Lake Hughes then walk from there as i ponfeted ,Will set off on the long slog along the road but it was HOT!!. I just kept staring at the maps. Oh well let’s see if I can hitch .I grabbed my pack and set off for the road.god it was hot.As i sat by the road pondering a guy stopped asked if i was a PCT Hiker. I said yes are you going near Lake Hughes ? But don’t you want to go to the trail head? Well yes I do so off we drove then passed Will. Is he one of yours? I said yes so we stopped and Will got in.Later we saw Early Bee.Again we stopped but Early Bee wanted to walk it. So we drove on.Great we are at the trail head.but god its still hot .It’s 6pm 7 miles to go can I do that?. Well here goes .but the start is steep come on but the miles are falling slowly and the sun is going down.i have a feeling it’s going to be late!! I walk on the sun is setting it’s such a gorgeous sky. I take some photos but the camera never sees what I see .Come on it’s getting dark..I can see the town but as usual the trail is going the other way. Its no use, I need my head torch.This is dark but it’s cool which is nice.its also very invigorating. In the distance the lights are all twinkling not far now . There are also a lot of red lights that keep blinking .must be the windmills. Oh wow what a fantastic moon so beautiful. The road is getting nearer. Now where is Hiker town.i am a bit disorientated. Think its this way.hard to tell in the dark. I’m here. I walk up to huge gate, dogs come running and barking it’s 9 PM.
A man spears and opens up asks if I’m staying I say yes its a $10 donation .I give him money he shows me to my room.i dump my stuff. Then he takes me to the lounge. Will is here. I jump straight into the shower. god that’s better i needed that .I i have Wifi whoop I check my mail and post on Facebook. Time for bed.But I am immediately hungry so I cook dinner and make hot chocolate Zzzzzzz