Monday 19 May
Oh forgot to say on the way back from the Postofice I noticed a sign on the road. It pointed to a. Memorial stone.
On the stone it’s commemorates the original 20 Strong Mule trains that pulled ore and other materials from the mines to Mojave.the same route that I have just walked.this history fascinates me well I am a tourist too
Library’s are scary places too they hold your prisoner and stop joy from leaving.
But mission accomplished. Blog up to date. Videos loaded hurrah okay there is one loaded twice. So extra me lol that’s got to be a. Bonus. Well from the library it was a mad dash to pack up a d leave but somehow I did it.Big pat on the back .All the extra food that wouldn’t fit I. My pack I ate beneath my tree..
Okay now March out to that road. My body complained as I hoisted up. My pack. ..All re we still doing this.yes I answered .phew it’s hot was this wise.Dam you library lol.i stood by the road put my pack down and my finger out.i laughed as four other hikers wheeled two shopping basket loaded up with stuff across the free way .You couldn’t do that in the UK because of the armco (central barrier)..As they wheeled it to a. Motel a police. Car drew up beside them but he wasn’t I interested in trolleys he was hunting something else and a speeding driver was caught. Zoom can’t make that noise but two screaming jets shot buy I was miles away when a voice said you need a ride
Hi I’m trying to get to PCT!
Yes I know ow where that is so in i jumped and soon was standing again at another road.I hoisted up my pack and began walking. I checked my GPS it told me I was off trail…Thanks I knew that. One I walked until yes a Pct marker post. I rejoined the trail it was hot but with a general breeze. My goal was Robin Bird Spring. About 25 Miles away I walked on getting higher the rock formations were amazing the colours the twists and folds.but I need to walk.then the Wind came.A mighty wind that sapped your energy and took the breath from your lips OMG I couldn’t breath couldn’t stand. I pulled my bandanner over my face..It made it slightly better. On I chugged up another switchback.at last. I was the other side sheltered but it was cold. No god I had to stop and put on my wind jacket. That’s. Better off I went with renewed vigor I can do this I repeated to myself.i was doing well. I felt fresh and the miles began. to fall as my watched pinged on the hr….don’t know if I zoned out but I was doing so well.Bloody he’ll 600 miles I’ve done 600 miles and was feeling great plenty of fuel in the tank so I walked on it was now getting dark .Come on brave snailtrainer you can do this I stopped and put on my head torch to be ready save me stopping again. But I’m here I am at the spring have I done all those miles it can’t be I’m not hurting I fill my bottles. This is a very very dry section and some water caches have been empty so I’m loaded with water even though there is more water a head. Right need a campsite. The wind is back dam I say to myself but then there is a perfect campsite it’s sheltered beneath some trees Perfect.
I drop my pack smooth out the ground removing sticks and stones. Then scour it for ants. All good and the tent is up well almost the earth is about 2 inches deep so I can bang my pegs into rock I tried one a few days ago and they just break. So I thread my hiking poles through the loops and place big rocks on them
I’m not confident about the wind so I add my extra guys and wrap them around big rocks .Done. pad out bag out time for tea..I assemble my stove and look in my food bag.Rice tonight with tuna yummy.i always do a drink first then cook food after.hot chocolate and a coffee mixed is what I fancy.i surround my stove with rocks as a Windbreak then light up.drink done now food but it’s now dark. I switch on my head torch. It glows and goes out . Bugger i rummage in my top back.This top pack is a amazing it’s like a small bag attached to the top of my pack.But it’s like MaryPoppins carpet bag you just can’t find anything i was loki g for my spare tor h so i could change the batteries i. My head torch. At last great but it too glows and goes off . Really i say to myself. So i find my phone then spent five minutes looking for the light app.got it .I can now look for the spare batteries and then see to change them.Farce over back to tea.
That was. Scrumptious! !! Bed……………BUT!!
By 10 the Winds came back with vengeance. But high above me.my tent wasn’t affected not buffeted , but the noise was I credible. Note to self buy earplugs. I lied awake tossing and turning .Typical I’m going to be knackered tomorrow. 1 am dam oh I have a plan so I rummaged in my bag headphones. Listen to some music. Then nod off. But I’m still wide awake. At 2pm I take off my headphones. The wind has stopped. .but now i need a. Wee grr.
okay I am not getting up early tomorrow!!
Monday 19 May