a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 59.8 to 76.3. Bushcamp to Stagecoach Trails RV
We both slept quite well under the starry sky but knowing what lies ahead of us today has getting us up rather early, and by 5.30am we are already hiking again. This area is really pretty, it‘s all green and hilly and we are both feeling fine. But according to the weather channel this is gonna be an incredibly hot day with the thermometer reaching well over 40 degrees celsius.
And very soon indeed we are so hot, the stretch is completely shadeless and very dry. We can’t even take a break for the lack of shade. In moments like these the PCT feels so merciless. As we are walking we discuss our options for the night. The little town of Julian is a possibility but we would want to get a room there and don‘t really feel like standing in the midday sun and look for an affordable hotel. The Stagecoach Trails RV would be another option and we know that our friends are headed that way and might even already be there. In the afternoon we decide to go for the Stagecoach place and call up Doc (real name Michaël) and ask him if he could possibly order us some food because we are not gonna make it there during opening hours. He agrees right away and now knowing that delicious food, fresh food, not some ramen noodles meal is waiting for us at the end of this very tough stretch we feel energized and almost start running up the neverending trail. For 5 minutes. Then I run completely out of energy and break out in tears. Dario tries to make me walk but I‘d rather not move at all and feel miserable. I agree to walk for 20 seconds and take a 20 second break, this goes on for like an hour. We don‘t make it very far, and our ordered burgers are sliding away in my imagination.
Finally the sun has some mercy and it starts to cool down. We gather ourselves for the last time and quickly make it down the trail and once we get to the road we are facing our first hitch. We are so exhausted and hope a car will soon stop for us. Not even exagerating, two minutes later we are sitting in a truck, the window is open, it’s so windy and I am feeling so grateful and incredibly happy. I can‘t stop grinning. Another 5 minutes later Doc welcomes us with open arms and our burgers. They are cold by now but I will forever remember the taste of this burger. It was probably the best I‘ve ever had. As the sun is setting we take a quick swim in the pool, our feet can‘t believe their luck. We then set up our tent, spend some time with this amazing group of people and soon climb into the sleeping bag. Freshly showered, completely exhausted but so so happy.