Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 46: Leaving Hikertown

Monday, April 29, 2019 – 9.90 miles

I had trouble falling asleep last night, perhaps because of the unfamiliar setting. Light began flashing through the curtains, bewildering until I heard thunder. I had expected rain, but not a thunderstorm. With rain drumming on the roof, I felt glad to be indoors. Nothing looked notably wet in the morning, but Peter said the charging station shorted out.

Tamara was already gone when I got up in the morning. I hung out for awhile with Peter, Kata and Mosey. Their talk about music and movies makes me realize that I know almost nothing about contemporary culture. I hadn’t seen a music video for years! You watch those on MTV, right? Right?? At one point a reader of this journal arrived and Kata pointed me out to him. He left to get settled in before I got his name though, and I left Hikertown shortly afterwards since the time was getting shameful (hiker afternoon teatime). Maybe I’ll see him again if he gets delayed by the snow in the Sierra Nevada.

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The day was cloudy and cool, nice for climbing. I put in headphones for the first time. Nice views eventually opened up to the desert floor.

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I was considering stopping at Horse Camp, but it was nothing special in terms of scenery and exposed to the wind. Continuing on, I found a stealth site. The wind increased substantially later, but I’m not getting enough in my site to make my tent annoying. It’s cold though! It’s really cold! I’ve said so before, but the PCT is so variable in terms of temperature. Just two nights ago I was sweating in my sleeping bag cowboy camping at Cottonwood Creek, now I’m chilly in my thermals and tent and about to stop typing on this phone so that I can tuck myself into my sleeping bag properly.

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