Alison (Catwater) hooked us up with a ride and we left town at 8am with Big Al.
We were excited to get back on the trail, town is great, but the trail is better. This is our last section of desert, at the end of this section we will be at Kennedy Meadows – the start of the Sierra. We hiked the first 9 miles to the highway with Catwater and Aunt Jemima, through the endless windfarm and oh wow it was windy! I struggled to stay on the trail at times!
I felt amazing being back on the trail, I was so happy in that moment, nothing in the past mattered, no concerns about the future. Just pure contentment.
We walked 9 miles to the highway and took a little break. We saw the untraceables being dropped off by JetaBlue, a trail angel who also maintains a cache at the highway and leaves apples for hot hungry hikers.
After the highway we had a 2000ft climb, it felt surprisingly ok given that we had taken nearly 2 days off. Julien whizzed past me, until now I had only ever seen him in a town.
We took a break under a tree, we had hiked 18 miles but it felt like we had only done 10. Although you wouldn’t think so looking at these sleeping beauties…
We only had 4 more miles to a tent area but when we got there it was no good, way too windy. So we carried on to do a 25 mile day and I feel fine! (Although the last mile I was more than ready to stop!) We camped in a small spot which we thought was going to be ok…