Day 27 – an easy day

We had a lazy morning at the KOA. By the time we had got out of our tents most people had packed up and left (the benefits of being over 60, you’re up super early!). We ate breakfast with Poka and Raddish and did our laundry. I spent most of the morning updated the blog. We found some good reading material and I taped my knees…my knees are ok, the tape is more are preventative measure  at the moment. 

  

We saw a few people arrive throughout the morning, saw JBird again which was nice. 

It’s funny how quickly you become friends with people out here. 3 days ago I met a guy at Baden Powell and I spoke to him briefly. I saw him come in to the camp ground today and we greeted each other like long lost friends! He was soon telling me about his night on the snowy mountain and his attempt to poop in a ziplock bag! Everyone loves a poo story. 

Cool Breeze got sent a resupply package with too much stuff in so thank you to Cool Breeze’s mum for the ziplock bags, cookies and tissues! 

We were talking to a guy I unfortunately can’t remember the name of but we were talking about having excessive wind since being on the trail – it seems there are lots of people suffering (not just me!), and before you get too enamoured with Cool Breeze – he farts more than anyone!! I say it’s every 5 minutes, he says it’s every 15…

Me, Cool Breeze and Growler started packing up to hike out at around 11 but people kept coming in and we kept talking to find out how everyone was so we ended up leaving just after 1 – right in the heat of the day. We saw Kat and found out about everyone’s night in the snow. 

The heat was not something we were used to after the last few days! A bit of a climb first thing and my left leg went completely numb then I had intense pins and needles, then I had a nose bleed. Then thankfully things started to get better! 

We walked through Vasquez rocks, which was cool.

 
After 10 miles we arrived in Agua Dulce and resupplied at the supermarket. We ate massive burgers at the cafe (mistake!) and had huge sodas in jars!

 
We hiked on another 4.5 miles just as it was getting dark. It’s kinda scary in the dark and I was walking so close behind Cool Breeze it must have been painful for him to hold in all the farts. 

We walked until we could find a flat area to camp and set up in the dark. An easy 15 mile day. 

  

Tomorrow promises Casa de Luna and the Andersons infamous taco salad…

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7 thoughts on “Day 27 – an easy day

  1. What’s this…?

    “the benefits of being over 60, you’re up super early!”

    Are you talking of all the other mature age hikers? Certainly not yourself. Are you even 30? That would be my top end guess, although you look much younger.

    I can certainly confirm the benefit of being over 67, is that I was always up early. Often on the trail before daylight. I didn’t mind breaking camp in the dark and getting underway under headlamp or just as the first rays of light were starting to break the horizon, but did NOT like setting up camp or preparing an evening meal in the dark.

    BTW, this was the day that I first met you, when Cool Breeze introduced me. He, came to my rescue again, finding the glove I had lost on the KOA grounds somewhere 2 days before. So,days apart, both a battery and a glove were still mine since he had spotted both of them.

    Here you are just getting up and moving about.

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    1. I am completely useless when it comes to getting up early. Many times I set my alarm for 5:30 and just switched it off rather than get up! (I am 33)
      It was my observation that the older folk always got an early start!
      I remember meeting you in Acton, I think we have just been heading back to the trail.
      Didn’t we also meet you in Tehachapi? When we were having something to eat near a Walmart? Or am I thinking of someone else?!

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      1. You are right. I did meet you, Cool Breeze and Growler in Tehachapi. I was walking by a Mexican food place (I think it was) and you were just finishing up. I had stayed at the Motel 6 in Mojave, and had caught a ride with the Root Beer Lady to have a tour around the place. Also caught up with the Swiss Army in their expensive hotel.

        33. eh? Well, you certainly look younger.

        and good observation of us oldies. Just can’t sleep in!

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      1. Untraceables. Good joint name for them. Yup, we/I was usually on the trail hours before the youngsters were up. I was always walking by sleeping hikers. It was a good strategy for getting ahead of a hiker bulge, especially (occasionally) farther north, when there was a group of smokers or dopers I didn’t especially fancy. I was also allergic to congestion or chains of hikers. It is ok for day hiking around Mount Baker or Rainier, but I wanted the PCT not to be so crowded (which it mostly wasn’t) It is not that I am anti social, but I did like the feeling of more solitude on the trail with an occasional interaction, but not a steady diet.

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  2. You say….

    “….. but we were talking about having excessive wind since being on the trail – it seems there are lots of people suffering (not just me!), and before you get too enamoured with Cool Breeze – he farts more than anyone!! I say it’s every 5 minutes, he says it’s every 15…”

    That is too funny, as I thought this was a problem that only I was experiencing. I was always worried that if I hiked regularly with someone, it would make life miserable for them if they were downwind of me. No wonder Cool Breeze was walking away from me so fast. Was this just kind consideration, so as not to make me suffer?

    Also reading this, I now realize that you must have been close behind me this night, as I only did 18 miles this day and cowboy camped about at mile 462.59 before Bear Springs.

    Curious if you ran into these guys on the trail north of Acton KOA. By the time I met them they had been scolded by many PCT hikers ahead of me, so they stopped, moved off the trail, so I could pass. I didn’t lecture them. What was the point? They already knew of their PCT trail transgression. 🙂

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