My socks are standing up on their own. Everything I own needs a wash. I need a wash. I am stinky. 

It was a cold morning and I did not want to get out of my bag. When we woke ZuZu was gone. Pretty sure she was a figment of our imagination. 

We only had 9 miles to walk today to get to the road so we could hitch into Tehachapi. We were walking through the wind farm, again, although weirdly it wasn’t really that windy. There was definitely a change in the air though and the weather is on the turn. The clouds are gathering and rain is forecast for what is supposed to be the hottest section of the trail. 

     

We ran into Eyore and Sue at the road, and we got given soda and Oreos. Again!! A man called Daniel was waiting to give rides to hikers and he took us into Tehachapi. 

 
Our original plan to stay at an old airport in our tents soon went out the window when it started raining and we checked into a Best Western, the town is really accommodating for hikers – check in is at 3pm but we arrived at 10am and got into our room straight away. We got asked twice if we needed a ride in the 100 yards we walked to the hotel. 

We went to get food straight away. A huge lasagne that completely defeated me. 

 
We took showers, I combed my hair for the first time in over a month and I found out whether my legs were tanned or dirty…

 
(80% dirt 20% tan). We did our laundry, well Cool Breeze did all our laundry – clean socks are such a delight! And we went out for dinner with Julien, Jesse, Marathon John, Dana and Alison. I had cheesecake for dinner. Then we spent the rest of the evening in the hot tub. 

I love the hot tub. 

Tomorrow we have to do all the chores we were supposed to do today…

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