Everything was wet when we woke. We were in a valley and everything was covered in condensation. It was condensation station. We packed up quickly knowing it was going to be a hot day and we could dry our stuff out later. 

    

Growler was so quick she practically ran the first few miles to the road. We sat and dried out our stuff in a shelters spot and met Eyore for the first time. He is a myth (a multi year section hiker), this is his 6th year and in a couple more he will have completed the PCT. His wife Sue is his support crew and she pulled up in he car while we were there. She offered to take our packs to the next road, the junction to trail angels the Andersons at Casa de Luna where we planned to spend the night. Yeah!! A few people put their packs in the car, I put some of the contents of my pack in but I still carried my bag – it was considerably lighter though. 

I never know what day of the week it is, but you can always tell when it’s the weekend as there are loads of day hikers about. A lady stopped and talked to us about what we were doing, she wanted to shake my hand – never a good idea to touch a thru hikers hand. Pretty sure there are particles of dirt, poo, wee, blood, snot, saliva, sweat, chocolate, cheese, other food substances, bug remains and a whole heap of other things. Better to go for a fist bump. 

Growler packed out a cucumber to munch on…

 
The afternoon got really hot. I was struggling up the hills. Eyore passed me and he says ‘you’re not going to let an old man beat you to the top are you?’. Yes. Yes I am! 

  

Around 13 miles in we came across a cache maintained by the Andersons. Water and soda. Sweeeeet! 

  

Lots of evidence today of the great job the trail maintenance crews do…

 
7 more miles and we got to the road. Sue was there with soda and Oreos – nice one Sue! We got our stuff backand Terrie Anderson was there too so we got a lift back to Casa de Luna with her. We got lucky! 

The Andersons are so cool. We hung out with the 30 or so other people, a few people I know, lots of people I don’t. They have a huge forest in their back yard which is like a rabbit warren with loads of spaces to pitch tents. Staying the night is optional. Hawaiian shirts are mandatory. We went to the store as a priority for a much needed ice cream and soda.

   

  

They serve a massive taco salad. Every night! And it’s really good. 

      

We went to bed fairly early because my Hawaiian shirt wasn’t keeping me warm! Back at the tents there were loads of bugs crawling all over the place, they looked like small cockroaches. Growler is cowboy camping – I could not do that! 

20 miles today. Tomorrow we try and leave this place!…

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