Day 50: The First Time I Owe Ghosthiker an Apology

May 10, 2018 00.0 That zero day was a strange one. Ever since the night before I’d been irritable and pissy, particularly with Ghosthiker, and not for any good reasons. It just seemed like everything she said was triggering me terribly. When we went to Walmart that afternoon I told them if they finished beforeContinue reading “Day 50: The First Time I Owe Ghosthiker an Apology”

Day 49: A Poolside View

May 9, 2018 643.8-652.1 Last night I was exhausted and fell asleep long before dark, so by 3am my body was done sleeping. I lay there looking at the stars and listening to the wind overhead that never rustled my tent and drifted in and out of sleep until about 4:15, at which point IContinue reading “Day 49: A Poolside View”

Day 48: Seeing Some Old, Familiar Faces

May 8, 2018 623.5-643.8 Even though I slept heavily the night before, I was really dragging my feet all morning. I couldn’t seem to muster the energy I needed to move at what has become my normal pace. It took me 3.5 hrs to go 7.4 miles to the water source! That’s only about 2Continue reading “Day 48: Seeing Some Old, Familiar Faces”

Day 47: JK, we’re still in the desert, ya’ll

May 7, 2018 602-623.5 Did I mention that early morning is my favorite part of the day to hike? There’s something magical about a world just waking up and bursting to life from the stillness of the night in a way that the modern, settled world just can’t capture. That morning we managed to hikeContinue reading “Day 47: JK, we’re still in the desert, ya’ll”

Day 46: 600 Miles Down

May 6, 2018 583.3-602 It was still taking me two hours to be ready to hike every morning. I think a big part of that was because I was always trying to be really quiet and not wake anybody up which of course takes longer than just flying through all my morning chores. I wasContinue reading “Day 46: 600 Miles Down”

Day 45: A Word on Shoes

May 5, 2018 566.4-583.3 After another glorious nights’ sleep, waking up to French press coffee, and delightful conversation with our wonderful trail angel hosts, Scott and Jennifer took us to breakfast at Kohnens bakery. I got a delicious calzone-style breakfast thingy with sausage, cheese, and egg baked into a tasty bread loaf. I don’t knowContinue reading “Day 45: A Word on Shoes”

Day 44: Slack-packing SOBO for a Day

May 4, 2018 558.5-553.2 Ghosthiker, Jennifer, and I spent a lovely morning chatting over breakfast and coffee, then it was off to the post office to get my package of shoes, mail all our resupply boxes ahead, and for me to mail a big box of unwanted stuff home and my new Altras and insolesContinue reading “Day 44: Slack-packing SOBO for a Day”

Day 43: Chillin’ in Tehachapi

May 3, 2018 00.0 Woke up early, as usual, and tiptoed downstairs to find Scott making strong coffee in a French press. I about fainted with delight. It was my first cup of really good, non-instant coffee in SO long! While I sipped my coffee Scott insisted on making bacon and eggs for everyone. IContinue reading “Day 43: Chillin’ in Tehachapi”

Day 42: The Day I Met Some of My All-Time Favorite People

May 2, 2018 00.0 I awoke the next morning and packed everything up in anticipation of getting a reliable ride to Tehachapi. It was not to be. I saw neither hide nor hair of Richard all morning, but I remained optimistic by posting a message to the PCT Trail Angel Facebook page that I’d beContinue reading “Day 42: The Day I Met Some of My All-Time Favorite People”

Day 41: Zero in Hikertown

May 1, 2018 00.0 Last night our room was quite cold, but I guess everyone was so tired that no one felt like getting up and figuring out how to turn the heat on. I shared a big comfy bed with Ghosthiker but I didn’t get much sleep because my legs kept cramping up noContinue reading “Day 41: Zero in Hikertown”