a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 612 to 635.3. From Bushcamp to Bushcamp.
We wake up at exactly 03:50 - that is our new trick so I can snooze for another 10 minutes and eventually get up at 4 am.
Well it actually works today and at 4 am we immediately start packing everything together.
When we hit the trail, our watch shows 04.35 and it is still so dark.
The first 4 miles are really easy, the trail is leading us straight all the way down to the valley. As we reach the lowest point we can already see a bunch of big water bottles (or as Wizard pronounces it: Wota botul), which trail angel Cinnabon must have brought here (hopefully for her not on the back of her motocross bike). Thanks alot again to her! Without her help it would have been nearly impossible to hike that section!
So we fill up our bottles and continue to hike. Now the easy part is over and we have to climb the other side of the valley. It is kind of steep but we manage to climb that thing. So now the climb is over we think - but we are badly mistaken! It goes up up up again and suddenly an old friend is showing up again - a strong wind, like the one when we passed that windfarm after Hikertown! But well, at least the temperature feels ok with the wind.
In a few minutes the world cup football game (I refuse to call it soccer) between Brazil and Switzerland starts! I installed a VPN a few days ago so I am hoping to watch the game. But exactly at kick-off time the reception is gone!
What the hell! I now run the trail in expectation to get cell reception again and actually overlook the 1000 km marker!
Well at least Maya sees it and takes some pictures.
Unfortunately all the running is not helping at all - no signal until the end of the game. Later I read that they played 1:1 - that does not a help a lot to get over my frustration of not watching the game.
Anyway, the rest of the day we had again to climb a rather big mountain (we started to call them ‘fuckers’ - the why is pretty self explanatory) and set up our Big Agnes just one mile after reaching the summit.
It was a long, windy day including a long climbing part but finally we cuddle in our sleeping bags and I am still a bit angry about missing the game - the next game I will hopefully be able to watch as we should be in Kennedy Meadows by then! :)