a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 369.3 to 376.9. Wrightwood to Bushcamp
We wake up around 6am when Wizard is getting ready to leave and say our goodbyes to her. She has been hiking very fast lately and we hope we can catch up with her and see her again soon. But for now we are still in need of some rest, so once she has left we go back to sleep immediately. Around 2 hours we finally manage to get up, have a shower and go out for breakfast in the Evergreen Cafe around the corner. It looks like your typical American diner with green furniture booths, a lot of signs and posters on the wall and overall very cozy. I go for their Eggs Benedict with additional avocado and Dario orders his typical omelet filled with, well, bascially everything. It is absolutely delicious! Soon it is time to go back to the hotel room to organise our stuff and pack up. The watermelon we bought yesterday is still lying there, I can‘t believe we forgot to eat it! We will have watermelon cravings again so soon I am sure of it! Before we decide what to do with it (I am toying with the idea of cutting it up and bringing it along, but it is just soo heavy) we hear a „sali zäme“ from outside. There is another Swiss guy here! We meet Christian, who, funny enough, is in our PCT Swiss Team Whatsapp group, but we haven‘t met him personally yet. He started 6 days after us and has made it this far already, crazy! We like him immediately and give him our watermelon which he seems very happy about. It turns out we will see more of him in the weeks to come.
We then go on to the main road where Melanie is already waiting for us and start extending our thumbs to hitch. After a couple of minutes a lady in an RV stops for us and invites us to take us to the trailhead in her camper. That‘s a first! It‘s a fun ride sitting at the table of her camper and driving up the hilly road. Once we get out of the camper, we say our goodbyes and make our way up the first mountain. We are climbing Mount Baden-Powell today. Baden-Powell was the founder of the Scouts and I have already read a lot about this mountain and the notorious climb. It turns out not to be too bad, but for some reason I feel really sick all the way up and am very relieved when we reach our tentsite for the night. We earlier decided to set up camp a mile before the summit to see the sunrise from the top, so we are only doing 7 miles today and go to bed early to wake up at 4am the next day.