a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 124.9 to 144. From Bushcamp to other Bushcamp.
We started not too early in the morning at approx 6:30am. We woke up in a cloud of fog which disappeared shortly after getting up. After that it turned out to be a beautiful day, not too hot, not too cold.
We walked several miles until reaching “Mike’s Place”. A guy called Mike (apparently a more or less famous punk rock musician) placed about three houses there, serving pizzas and other stuff. We decided to just get some water at the large water tank as we heard the place is a little weird. We there met Manuel again, an Austrian hiker who spent the night at Mike’s - he confirmed that the place was awkward. He told us, that Mike himself wasn’t there - instead of him his even more weird caretaker served them. At some point of the evening, so Manuel was telling us, the caretaker brought a running chainsaw and put it on the table without saying a word...
Anyways, while filtering the water we met Naomi again. She knew that we started just a few miles ahead of her and so she began hiking really early to catch up with us.
She told us that since yesterday she was having some issues with her knees and was now walking with a tree branch / stick. We gave her our knee sleeves which we hadn’t used yet, and some voltaren creme.
From now on the three of us kept on hiking together.
Naomi was also wearing a Gandalf like hat, in combination with her walking stick, she looked like a wizard. So we decided her trail name would be wizard of Oz (Aus) as she is also australien.
For lunch we stopped at a dry creek and found some shade under the bushes.
After finishing my so far favorite trail food, mashed potatoes, we continued hiking. We really wanted to reach a water cache on mile 143.1 as we were slowly running out of water.
We actually managed to do that and did another mile until reaching our campsite at mile 144. Naomi needed to have a break some hours before to treat her knees so we got there without her. But surprisingly she somehow managed to get there too, so the three of us were reunited at the end of the day.