June 11, 2017
Considering how little experience we had with hitchhiking prior to starting the PCT, today’s goal was a big one: hitchhike over 400 miles from Bishop to Sierra City.
After breakfast, we headed to the north end of town and stuck out our thumbs. Lots of cars passed. Michael got to work on making our Tyvek ground sheet into a sign that read “PCT Hikers” in the hope that would attract more interest. Before he could finish the sign, a woman pulled over and we had our first ride! She was only going to Mammoth, but that would at least get us going.
May 30, 2017
Total miles: 24.7 miles
Start: mile 664.4
End: mile 689.1
Total elevation gain/loss: 6009.5/3982.9 ft
It was another warm night. Even without my bottom base layer I was sweating under (not in) my bag.
May 25, 2017
Total miles: 3.5 miles
Start: Tehachapi (mile 566.5)
End: mile 570.1
Total elevation gain/loss: 964.6/139.4ft
Getting out of town after two zero days is tough! Today’s remaining town chores consisted of an assortment of packing/cleaning remaining gear items and various online tasks. We still weren’t done when our noon checkout rolled around, so we just moved on over to the lobby.
Avocado from the hiker box!
May 23 & 24, 2017
It’s amazing how quickly a zero day (a day with no walking) can pass!
After hiking into Tehachapi we were exhausted. We got up in time for breakfast at our hotel on the morning (surprisingly good) and then the hours quickly slipped away. While Michael set to work cleaning our backpacks (getting stinky), I headed to the Post Office.
My dreams of making Michael do chores such as going to pick up packages have quickly slipped away. It turns out that it’s much easier for innocent and harmless-looking me to get a hitch ;). This time actually took awhile, but I caught quite the ride!
May 22, 2017
Total miles: 24.8 miles
Start: mile 541.5
End: Tehachapi (mile 566.5)
Total elevation gain/loss: 3835.3/4846.8ft
What a windy night! I’m not sure what time the wind finally stopped, but it did its best to keep us up. When our alarm went off at 4:30 we were still exhausted, but fear of the oncoming heat got us out of bed (after hitting the snooze button a couple times).
May 18, 2017
Total miles: 23.7 miles
Start: Hiker Heaven (mile 454.5)
End: Case de Luna (mile 478.2)
Total elevation gain/loss: 4797.6/3936.7ft
Today’s goal ended up revolving around getting from one trail angel’s home to another’s so that we could end our day with the famous taco salad at Case de Luna. This would mean a 24-mile day over a segment known for being hot and dry. We’d need to leave super early.
Michael didn’t want to leave the puppy behind.
May 17, 2017
Total miles: 10.1 miles
Start: Acton KOA (mile 444.4)
End: Hiker Heaven (mile 454.5)
Total elevation gain/loss: 1874.3/1563ft
We were up early this morning so that we could get into (and out of) Hiker Heaven (home of trail angels the Saufleys) at a good time.
I love early mornings!
Early morning Metrolink
Monument for the last portion of the PCT to have been completed.