a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 314.5 to 335.6. From Bushcamp to Bushcamp.
We plan to do 21 miles today so we will arrive in Wrightwood, our next town stop, on Maya’s Birthday on 29 May. It is fairly easy to hike today as for the first 4 hours it is all downhill. We finally have cell reception in this area and decide to call our families and friends during hiking. So we talk and hike for approx. two hours and totally forget to check for upcoming water sources. So when we finish our calls we suddenly realize that we have only little water left and have to hike another 10 miles until reaching Silverwood Lake, an artificial, rather small lake. Unfortunately now the trail starts to get more difficult as it is now going uphill a lot. After a short time all of our remaining water is gone and we begin to squeeze every remaining drop of water out of our water bladders. Somehow we make it to the lake and instantly fill two water bottles with greenish, gasoline smelling water from the lake, filter it and greedily finish one of the not really good tasting water bottles.
It now gets very hot again and it is not fun hiking any further. But still we decide we want to make it to the lake resort as we read that it is possible to bath in the lake there and it gets even better - order pizza to that place. It is an exhausting 1.5 hour long hike under the burning sun, but we make it! When we arrive we realize that half the state of California is there too! Nevertheless I buy 4 cans of coke, drink 2 of them in a heartbeat and we sit down behind the shop in the shade where there are already about 8 other sweaty and stinky hikers gathered.
Maya orders the pizza and we start to talk to Lars, a Danish guy and ex-professional cyclist with unbelievably large and trained calves and Isha, a Belgian girl who just finished the Te Araroa, a long-distance hiking trail in New Zealand. After spending 3 hours there without bathing because of too many people and dirty, stinky water, we continue our path. It is still very hot, but at least we now have enough water. We drag ourselves up a hill just to hike it all downhill again. After descending to the valley we set up camp, have the remaining slices of pizza for dinner and go to bed soon. What an exhausting and long day!