a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 549.7 to 566.4. Bushcamp to Tehachapi.
Today we will reach Tehachapi! So we get up early and leave Speedy who is still sleeping in his tent. He will catch up with us in a few hours anyway, as he is more running than actually hiking. I sometimes call him “Le Chamois” - the mountain goat.
The trail leads us through yet another wind farm, supposedly one of the biggest ones in the US. We have breakfast next to the farm and shortly after there is Speedy already catching up. With his typical “hellooooouu” he greets us and has his second breakfast with us.
From here the terrain is fairly easy, as it is all slowly downwards. After passing another 100 wind turbines we reach the valley were there is a water cache waiting for us. We fill up another 4 liters in total and have a little chat with other hikers of whom a big part are hitching into Tehachapi from the road right next to the water cache. But we already decided to get to the next hitching spot 8 miles ahead (so as not having to do the 8 miles after our zero days in Tehachapi), so we have to start again. The heat is now terrible. We can only walk for an hour more or less and then escape under one of the bushes to have lunch and find some shade.
After lunch we have another 5 miles to do and finally reach the highway, from where we get a hitch into Tehachapi.
We booked a room in the Best Western Surestay and quickly are doing our laundry, clean our equipment and then have a wonderful shower.
For dinner we want to check out the Thai Hachapi, probably the most famous Thai restaurant on the whole PCT. But it is 0.8 miles to walk from our hotel, which is nothing in terms of hiking but way to far when you are in town. I know it sounds absurd, but no hiker is going to be happy about doing extra miles off trail.
So we decide to just go to the Sushi place next door and have some amazing food there.
First thing we do when we are back in our hotel is jump into the hot tub and get our feet some well deserved relaxation! Oh wow, what a feeling after these tough last days of hiking!