PCT Mile: 454
Out of camp by 6am for a 10 mile hike into Aqua Dulce. By 9:30, it was already hot. When I first got into town, I stopped at the little liquor store, bought a 1 liter lemonade, one very large Sprite, and one large cup of ice. I walked outside and sat on the steps. It was the most refreshing drink ever. I mean ever! By the time I was done, it was 11 and scalding hot. I had 1 mile to road walk up to Hiker Heaven.
Donna has opened her horse ranch to thru-hikers. It’s unbelievable! She does laundry, ships packages, lets you camp, offers outdoor showers, stores your resupply boxes, has bunk beds, charging stations, hiker boxes, sewing repair, haircuts, and outdoor toilets. She does this for free but accepts donations. This person is truly amazing.
It’s so hot and I saw the forecast is for cooler weather later in the week. The heat is to be taken seriously. Someone had heat exhaustion yesterday on the trail to Agua Dulce. We are planning to head out around 4am tomorrow.