a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 1630.6 to 1649.5. Campsite on a ridge to Grider Creek campground.
Today was a bad day. A really bad day. But let’s start at the beginning.
We start our morning rather late and get up at 6:30am. Shortly after the Canadians who were apparently sleeping some miles behind us pass us and are now in front of us. Only a couple of minutes later also Tacos and Foodfight catch us and pass - goodbye.
But then, 20 minutes later, we all are set and ready to go. Today is fairly easy. First we have to climb about one mile but from there it is all the way down, for more than 25 miles until Seiad Valley, where we would actually like to stay over night.
And so we start, do the one mile climb without any problems and after one more hour of easy hiking we reach a spring where we fill up our water and have breakfast. A lovely and curious deer keeps us company.
Shortly after breakfast my stomach starts feeling weird and it is getting worse and worse. I am nauseous now and feel like I am about to throw up. We continue to hike, it is now getting warmer and warmer and then I actually have to throw up.
We rest for about 15 minutes and then try to continue. I still feel sick. The path is now going downward very steeply, the ground is more or less sandy and does not provide a lot of grip for the shoes.. And then it happens. I roll my ankle and fall over. That did hurt, damn it! Luckily nothing really happened, but my ankle is hurting badly. Nevertheless we continue descending, because what else can we do? I am still feeling sick, my ankle hurts and the trail is still going downwards very steeply. And boom, it happens again, I roll my ankle again, of course it is the same one I rolled before, but this time a lot worse. What a shitty day! Damn this trail, what are we still doing here, I swear and just wish to be on a beach or somewhere where I don’t torture myself every day. But after 10 minutes I get myself together again and stand up only to find something looking like a spike looking out of my upper leg. I pull it out and realize that half a bee comes with it… Of course, when I was falling I must have hit a bee! What the f***! This day is one of the worst so far. But we still continue (what other options do we have) and as for now I don’t fall again until we reach a river with a nice bridge where Tacos and Foodfight are having a lunch break. We join them, tell them about my shitty day and relax next to the water. After one hour of relaxing and even having a quick bath in the ice cold river, I finally start to feel better. I am even able to eat some ramen noodles again and the cold water helps to cool down my hurt ankle.
Approx 30 minutes after Tacos and Foodfight have left we also hit the trail again. It is clear that we won’t make it to Sead Valley tonight since we are way behind today’s schedule. But anyways, we try to get to a camping place 6 miles before Seiad Valley. It is only 7 miles in the afternoon, everything goes straight, we see another baby deer and arrive at the camping place about 5:30 pm. We stroll around a bit as we are not sure where to best pitch our tent, when we see a red car and a woman standing next to it. As we get closer the woman starts to look familiar...Is that…? No, tast can’t be her, or is it really her?!
It turns out it is her! It’s Frodo, the famous trail angel we were staying with for two days before we started the trail! So awesome! She is waiting here at the parking lot for her husband Scout, who is hiking this section with a couple and should also arrive within the hour. We keep talking to Frodo for some more minutes, she gives us each a plum and then we continue searching for tent space. We find a good one and are soon joined by Tacos and Foodfight.
We end the day with a nice bath in the river next to our tent spot and a bond fire and then cuddle into our sleeping bags. Unfortunately the night is not very quiet, as one of the RVs also camping here has its electricity generator on half of the night until Maya runs over to tell them to turn this fucking machine out of hell off, which they do (for one hour at least).