PCT Mile 77.32
I was so happy to be up and out of my tent at 5:30am this morning. I had a thin layer of dust on me, my mouth was dry,and a shower was just 13 miles away. I have shelved my EKD line of fragrances temporarily. I provided free samples to other thru-hikers. It was not well received. Oh well, onto the next idea.
The morning hike was spectacular but the trail conditions are very rocky. People are frequently tweeking their knees and ankles. You always have to keep your eyes on the trail. That gets to be a little frustrating after awhile.
I reached the highway at about 9:15am and decided to turn right and go to the Stagecoach RV resort just 4 miles away. Everyone wanted to hitchhike into Julian or to the RV park. I started walking. It was only 4 miles. How hard can that be? It was 90°, I was hot, tired, and wanted a friggin shower! No one was stopping to give me a ride! How selfish was I to even expect that? They don’t owe me anything. Yet, I found myself getting just a little irritated. I was picked up by a trail angel about 1/2 mile from the RV park. I had hiked almost 13 miles by 10:30!
Sometimes we just don’t realize that those who are less fortunate can always use a random act of kindness. For someone to give a smelly old homeless guy a ride up the road, even if it was a 1/2 mile, meant the world to me. Lesson learned…put myself in other people’s shoes. The world looks a little different from the other side.
The RV park is essentially a sandlot. The wind blows so hard at night that you can’t anchor your tent so I rented one of these.
It has a shower, tiny cafe, and pool…literally in the middle of nowhere! It felt like heaven. One firehouse burger with bacon, fried egg, cheese and jalapeño. One basket of fries. One large Coke (not diet). One juice. One large bag of Fritos scoops with bean dip. One double scoop ice cream cone. One 30 minute shower. One swim in the pool. One half day of complete luxury.
The next few days will be challenging. Lots of climbs and long distances in desert heat. Water sources will determine our days. I will try to post as frequently as possible but I might miss a couple of days now and then.
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