​Day 29: mile 353.9 to mile 369.3 to Wrightwood

5.14.15. 15.4 miles.

Woke up again to so much condensation! We had another later start and thankfully the sun was shining so I got my quilt dry and tent almost dry.

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The climbing did not stop today. We still had over 4,000 ft to gain total on our way to Wrightwood. We were earning our zero day, for sure! I was really slow this morning, the climb was much more steep than yesterday’s portion of the climb. Thankfully I had music & podcasts to keep me entertained. The good thing though was that the views were absolutely spectacular! So at least when I stopped to take a break I had a beautiful view. We took smaller breaks every 5 miles instead of a longer break midday bc we just wanted to get to town. These were probably the hardest 15 PCT miles I’ve done so far. It didn’t help that I had so much leftover food from the section & extra water from the carry to lug around.

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My squishy blister flared up again- but it’s not the fluid that’s hurting, it’s the loose skin rubbing. I also got another shin splint on my right leg going steeply downhill that needs rest.

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Once we got to highway 2, we had our longest wait for a hitch. Probably took 20-30 minutes to get a ride, so not too bad. A nice couple who live in the area who were out on a short day hike gave us a lift into town. They were super nice!

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We got to town & the others got some snacks at the grocery store while I had pack duty outside & looked like legit hiker trash (super dirty legs, puffy jacket, toe socks + camp sandals) while sitting on the sidewalk eating stale cheeze-it’s. The locals were friendly though! One lady came up and wanted to know how the hiking had been.

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We then went to the Mountain Hardware store to pick up my packages (thanks Mom & grandma) and Kristie called places to try to get accommodations. We ended up walking over to a motel that others were staying at and getting a room for me, Kristie, Helen, and Angie to share. The place is pretty cute but I feel like I can’t touch anything in the room for fear of breaking it (our towel rack fell apart by literally just trying to take a towel off of it). But it’s a fine place for the price. They also did our laundry for us which was great, and for the second time I accidentally washed my apple headphones (but they’re still working!!)

Once we got our laundry back we could finally go to dinner - and we went to a local dive bar (the Yodeler) where they had $1.50 tacos and other cheap food. My $3.50 quesadilla was incredibly large and filling. After eating & socializing with other hikers, it was getting late (8:30 pm!) and we headed back to the motel. I FaceTimed with the Smerdels and it was so nice to see their faces! I need to call them again when I have more time to chat (love you all!).

 watching Angie dig in to her huge taco salad  

watching Angie dig in to her huge taco salad