Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 60: Return of the Fake Rocks

Monday, May 13, 2019 – 16.70 miles

My gorgeous view was hazy this morning, perhaps because of blowing dust. After a long stretch of forest, the PCT merged with a dirt road through hot exposed country. I was hungry and began feeling unwell. I kept thinking that the road was actually flat and the bumps were my imagination – it was reminiscent of that time on the AZT when I became convinced that the rocks were fake. Locating a patch of shade, I ate my second-last energy bar and drank some water.

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Another hiker came down the road. It was Kinda Bird, who I first met near Deep Creek. Back then she had shin splints and we were walking at a similar pace, but now she was fully recovered and quicker (I walk at the same speed as a limping person…). Nonetheless I walked with her to the next water source, a stream running across the road in the vicinity of McIvers Spring. I didn’t need water, and I didn’t have enough food to eat more so soon, but I took another break with Kinda Bird and several other hikers there. Kinda Bird offered me snacks but I was sure that I could manage the remaining distance to Highway 178 and Lake Isabella using my own provisions.

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The afternoon was rough though. I’ve read Hunger (the novel by Knut Hamsen, not whatever eight billion YA vampire novels may exist with that title) so I shouldn’t be complaining, but man. I’ve never eaten 100% of my food during a leg before. There’s always been bits left over, a few bars or nuts or something that didn’t appeal, but by evening I had finished everything except today’s supper and one bar for breakfast tomorrow. I used all of my dehydrated milk for the calories. I even ate all of my beef jerky, even though I kept remembering The Jungle in horror. I EVEN ATE THE WHITE FATTY PIECE. I saw an adorable baby rabbit and didn’t think about how I might capture and slaughter it, so that’s good.

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Around 5:00 PM I arrived at the junction for Walker Pass Campground, where I had the choice to continue another 0.7 miles to the highway or stay the night at the campground. It was late to hitch into town and pay for a night at the RV park, so I decided to stay at the campground, eat my remaining food and catch a ride in for breakfast tomorrow. 

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