a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 144 to 158.4. Bushcamp to Tunnel Spring.
We slept so well and because we made it so far last night (new miles record) we allow ourselves a sleep in until 6.30am. We then get up and together with Wizard are quickly packed up and ready to go.
Today the PCT takes us to another beautiful hilly area, but first we get to have a shower on a trail angel‘s property. Mary lives there and has installed a bucket shower facility for us stinky hikers. The shower is ice cold but feels amazing. In fact, this shower makes me feel so good I will never forget it! Refreshed and feeling new born we get going again. But still I am kind of not feeling it today. Yesterday was so good, today I am not in a hiking mood. My feet hurt. But what can we do. We need to make it to Canada at some point, so yeah, suck it up and let‘s go anyway! And what‘s great about today is that we get to have lunch at the Paradise cafe.
We timed our arrival precisely to give us enough time before they close at 3pm and make it there by 1pm after hitching the one mile from the trailhead to the cafe. The burgers which are supposedly the best on the entire PCT don‘t disappoint. Soon we are joined by Brad who keeps showing up at the most unexpected times and we spend like 2.5 hours at the Cafe filling our bellies with delicious food.
Then it is time to leave and we hitch a ride back to the trailhead. The hiking is slow, it‘s hot and we are all not up for it. We hike nevertheless and make it to Tunnel Spring as planned. But Tunnel Spring is located 0.5 miles down from the trail, it‘s very steep and rocky, we are tired and it‘s getting dark. We make it to the bottom where we get water from the spring and filter it all. Then we collapse in our tents. It‘s a cold night, but we (Wizard, Brad and us) are snuggled in our warm sleeping bags and falling asleep quickly.