Day 22 A visit to the Dr

8th May

There was about 10 hikers sleeping together in Jeff loft. But it was comfortable and warm. Some hikers planed on getting back on the trail first thing, others were going shopping first others taking a zero. I emerged from my cosy bag about 8.am Jeff made coffee which was the best that I had tried since being in the US, there were also pastries too yummy. I had planned to chill today rest my foot and hopefully re-join the trail tomorrow. At 9.30 Jeff announced he was doing a town run. I needed some fruit, postcards and some lunch so jumped in the truck. Pickup to come back was 12pm so plenty of time. There were many hikers milling around the town. I did the grocery shop first. Fruit, bread and meat for lunch. A beer for later, postcards, few energy bars…Done. Whilst writing my cards I heard a familiar voice it was Kevin the Canadian that I started with all those weeks ago. It was good to catch up his trail name is now “Early Bee”. He glazed at my foot and said that needs to be looked at I know I said. I asked in the shop if there was a Dr in the town.
The answer was no, but try the fire station! .so off I wandered to the fire station. Wow they have some kit (Boys moment) they had a paramedic there who looked at it and agreed that I needed some antibiotics. He then gave me the address of a Dr in the next town…i rang the Dr but no they wouldn’t see me .i had to go to the emergency centre in an even further town. Omg!!
I waited for Jeff to arrive and explained the situation. Jeff phoned around as the emergency centre was miles away. In the end we decided to drive to the next town and wing it. The first Dr I couldn’t even get past reception. The next said they couldn’t see me till lunchtime tomorrow. But it’s just my toe I pleaded. I’m a PCT hiker I just need some antibiotics. Hold on sir! She said and she disappeared .Okay sir the Dr will see you that’s $65 OKAY.
YES YES that’s fine I said then I then had to fill in 4 forms before being seen by the triage nurse then the Dr He was concerned that I may have broken it .but he gave me two prescriptions for antibiotics. Thank you so much Jeff for driving me around thank you thank you.so at last back to Jeff’s. Made my sandwich. Drank a beer washed my clothes and relaxed  so now I feel so much happier hope to be back on the trail by 11am tomorrow

Day 21 Wrightwood

7th May

Slept well some condensation on my tent perhaps due to camping by the river! Woke up early and was packed and ready to walk. I was surprised to see several naked hikers still in the hot pools.
The walk started nicely then I began to climb god my pack seems heavy too much water. But I might need it. Again the trail followed the river course far below. It was a lovely. Morning and I soon realised I had on too many layers. The views this morning were fantastic as the sun was breaking. On I strolled several hrs later my toe was complain normally the pain stops after an hour. Mmmm I stop soon. But no I ploughed on and on till I reached Mojave dam. I’ll stop there and take a break. I crossed the river by jumping across . On the other side was cheese snake good to see you snail he said  then he wandered off up the trail. Then out came the tyvek and off came the boots. Mr Toe didn’t look good. But he was great yesterday! .maybe the hot pool wasn’t so good. I sat there not sure what to do. I bathed it squirted antiseptic on it and stared at it. In all honesty it possibly needs some antibiotics. Then Missred arrived and after some discussion with her I decided I would take next exit and try to hitch to Wrightwood and rest it. That is the plan, so I stumbled on (toe was feeling better)  as I crossed a small road there was a man there in a small motor home  his name Coppertone  I explained about my toe and  he  suggested that  I could take this road . So off I went,it was about 30 minutes to I got to the main road .I dropped my pack  then stood and waited and waited and waited Zzzzz. 3 hrs later and I have a ride, He dropped me at Cajun pass whoop. I walked up the road to the garage to finish the journey. And I waited only an hr and I have a ride and he drops me outside the post office. But first is a visit to the hardware store to sign the hiker register. I also wrote down the names of people who may have some where for me to stay then time for a beer.
Okay a place to stay I rang all the names and left my number. Now the post office, do you have a package for me? The lady went away and then came back empty handed. It may be in tomorrow.
Bugger oh well. I went outside and sat on a rock to think. Two seconds later a young girl came running out. They have found your package. Oh brill. I emerged from the post office with my boots. I sat again on my rock and opened the box, my shinny boots plus omg all the other stuff that I had thrown in in a panic.
I took what I needed. Sent my old boots up the trail just in case. Then posted the other spare items to another location. Now I was feeling a lot better so went for lunch/supper. A grizzly burger, yummy. Right I need a place to stay plus it’s getting cold. I came across another hiker sat outside the hardware store. Have you got anywhere to stay?
He said a lady was ringing him back.
I tried a number that he had written down and Jack answered. Yep I can fit you in great. Jack arrived 30 mind later. Do you have room for one more?
Of course but it will be tight so jump  in  When I arrive there are 9 hikers 4 I know others are new. After a shower I just chill others go out for food and come back with enormous pizzas. So I get a few slices. Bed now zzzz

Bridge over Deep Creek
Bridge over Deep Creek
Follow that Trail
Follow that Trail
Mojave Dam
Mojave Dam
Deep Creek
Deep Creek
Wrightwood
Wrightwood

Wrightwood