PCT mile 558.51 to 572.92
We raided the free hotel breakfast and I especially focused on enjoying bottomless Orange Juice — something attractive about sweet fluids these days :).
Medic wanted to run some errands so I decided to hit the trail. I tried hitchhiking at the main intersection in downtown Tehachapi but was not having much luck, so I started writing a text to a person who offers rides to the trail heads for a fee. As I was typing, and therefore not thumbing, a car pulls over and the driver says “where can I take you?”. I love this town! His name is Martin and he’s a trail angel who drove me back to where I left — the cost? A photo of the two of us
The hike from here was through even more Wind Turbine farms
And cow pastures.
With reminders of which way to go…
I dropped back down ooze of the mountains to Hwy 58 – this is the spot that Cheryl Strayed started her PCT hike, and sure enough, in the hiker register box is her signature
Although… I think she hiked her PCT sections in 1995, not 1998….
Trail Angels left oranges for us hikers and even though it was a bit sunburnt, I enjoyed it! The next part of the hike followed the highway and I saw an interesting dried mud flat
Here’s a look back at the wind farms
I also saw one of my favorites again
And a great view of where I came from.
I hiked up into this new ridge late into the afternoon and just before I arrived at my campsite I came across rattlesnake number 7 — or at least part of it…
I tried to get a response by poking it with my hiking poles, but it seems he/she was so preoccupied with being in the hole it did not care. Later I went back and found no trace of the snake.
I camped on top of the windy ridge in an area sheltered by some trees — they did a good job because it was windy tonight!
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Duuuuuude, do NOT poke at rattlesnakes!