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    • Day 10

      PCT 2023 - Day 8 - SNAKE!! 🐍

      April 24 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      The one with the frigging scary rattle snake and moms pie!

      📍 Location: Julian to MM 80.4 tent site.

      🥾 PCT Mile Marker: 80.4 with an elevation of 3074ft
      🥾 I actually walked: 5 miles (known as a “Nero” on trail).
      💰 Money: Resupply $54
      ⛑️ Health: I feel awesome after a great nights sleep. My feet are sore but I feel rejuvenated and raring to go.

      ☀️ Weather: We decided to stay in town for most of the day and then hike out around 4pm to stay out of the heat of the day. We camped just as the sun went down.

      🍲 Food: LOTS!! Breakfast was Giant breakfast burrito from Julian’s Bakery (thanks DinkyDi, who shouted us for brekky). Then I ate a free cherry pie and ice-cream from
      moms. They give all PCT hikers free pie. I’ve also snacked all day. I wasn’t hungry tonight so had a hot chocolate before crashing in my tent.

      💤 Sleep: Last night was awesome. A super comfy big double bed all to myself. I slept like a baby.

      🐍 Snake count: 3! Omg, see full story below for todays encounter. I’ve never been so scared.

      👨 People update: We spent all day with Harry & Amber (UK). Harry is now known as Princess. He was originally “Prince” but after screaming like a baby when a bunny rabbit jumped out in front of him, he graciously accepted the trail name of Princess. 😂. Harry is actually nothing like a Princess. 12 years in the army and he took charge on the snake encounter today. We are lucky to have him in our trail family. I personally call him King Harry!

      There is always room for warm cherry pie!


      🛌 8am - Slept like a log in the cabin and enjoyed a long shower first thing. My feet are patched up and we are ready to hitch into town. A huge thanks to Paul & Soup for their kind PCT POT donation which paid for this wonderful cabin. You guys rock (thank you). Xxx

      🐍 Sad story, one lady has been bitten by a rattlesnake and helicoptered out. The bite went through her shoe and then the person she was hiking with started bashing her walking pole on the ground and it slithered away. They got her to a road where they called 911 and she was taken to hospital.

      💃 Yesterday I purchased a new sun hoodie. “Julia” would never wear anything like this but “Jukebox” loves it! Be loud and proud! (See photo).

      🚗 8.50am - Di and I leave the cabin and start walking into town. It’s just over a mile and all uphill. Eventually a car pulls over and a lady winds down the window. She has scabs all over her face and it’s rather scary. She explains that she had a fall last week and tells us to hop in and put our packs in the boot. She’s a lovely lady and does trail magic for hikers every day. She even has a trail book on the dashboard that she asks us to sign. Her name is “Fossil lady” as she is a palaeontologist. (Not sure if I spelt that correctly?)

      🍳 9.00am - First stop is Julian Bakery and the service is slow but we are not in a rush. Di & I are joined for breakfast by Amber (Bless) and Harry (Princess) and Disco Daddy. I had the giant Burrito breakfast with extra sausage and I couldn’t eat it all. Bless her, DinkyDi paid for all our breakfasts!! How kind is that? She is one in a million. Love ya Di. Xx

      🥧 1.05pm - It has to be done, we stop for free pie at Moms shop. All you have to do is show your PCT permit and they give you free pie of your choice and a drink. I had the cherry pie (warm) with vanilla ice cream. Amber had pumpkin pie. We then got together to do the Chandler dance in front of the shop (Me, Amber and Harry). I’m not sure that Harry enjoyed that part! 😂

      🇨🇭 2.05pm. Disco is teaching us Switzerland tongue twisters. I was useless at it but we did have a giggle.

      🛻 2.50pm - Well, this is an adventure! I’m sitting in the boot of an SUV with all the backpacks as I’m the smallest person. We are getting a hitch to Scissors Crossing with two random American guys. This is totally illegal in the UK but it seems acceptable in the US!

      🚙 16.00 - We arrive at Scissor Crossings and I feel sick from travelling backwards in the back of the truck. I unfold myself out of the trunk and the two guys that are transporting us give us snacks, Gatorade, coconut water and they even have weed! 😂 this is such a weird experience.

      🦯 Oh no! DinkyDi has left her poles in town. She calls Disco Pete who is still in town and he finds her poles. Phew!

      👋 We say goodbye to our two trail angels and then another car pulls up. A tiny lady with a big floppy hat and a blind tiny dog gets out of the car. She is very excited to see hikers. “Please have these bananas and also this green tea”.
      We are already carrying so much, including 5 litres of water but it feels rude to say no. She gives us her number and tells us to call her when we are near Idlewild and she will bring us pizza! The hospitality here is on another level. It’s just incredible.

      👻 4.35 - We are now all sitting in the shade in the subway under the highway. A man called Ghost turns up. He’s another trail Angel and his stories had us all mesmerised. Such a great character and gave us loads of advice. He then went over to the side of the underpass and grabbed a 4ft long snake to show us what one looked like for real. Luckily it was dead (run over by a car earlier today) but it was still rather scary (and huge!). It’s body was thick and it’s head was tiny. This was a Gardner snake, and it was not poisonous, but it was still gross!

      🥾 5pm - Ghost had suggested that we wait until 5pm ish until we hike out. It’s only 5 miles and it will be cooler. So at 5pm we set off leaving Jesse, Rose, Sorry and Handyman to enjoy the beer that they had brought. So me, Di, Amber & Harry grab our extremely heavy packs and start the climb out of Scissors Crossing. There is no water source for 14 miles, so we are all carrying around 5 litres of water. It’s heavy!!

      The pace is good and moral is high. We are laughing and singing as we hike.

      👨 We bump into a guy called “Smokey beard” who warned us of a rattler on the trail. He said it was in the sun not far from here. He had been throwing stones at it to move but it wasn’t going anywhere. Apparently the snake was a bit pissed! (Ie: angry, not drunk). A drunk snake would be funny!

      👀 Our eyes were now pealed and we bashed our poles as we hiked.

      🐍 18.51 - Once again, Di walked by the rattler without realising (it’s becoming a habit of hers, lol) Amber saw it, and then it rattled and she jumped back. Harry was behind Amber and he turned and ran right into me. It was like a comedy sketch but also one of the scariest moments of my life! So the snake was curled up with a stick and it was about 5ft in length. We tried all sorts of things to get it to move. Harry threw some rocks at it and it moved from the side of the trail to smack bang in the middle of the trail. Ghost had told us earlier how fast these things can move, especially if they are feeling threatened or angry so it was scary. We were there for around 30 mins and it was now gone 7pm. The sun was setting and we only had 20 mins of daylight left and this snake was going nowhere! Eventually we decided to climb up and over the rocks above the snake which was sketchy. I fell over and was like a dying fly with my heavy pack keeping me down. Harry led the way, whilst Di stayed below and gave us instructions on what was happening with the snake. We descended on our bums and the snake was still on the trail.

      🥾 We continued walking for another half a mile and then set up camp. My adrenaline is still pumping through my body and I doubt I’ll sleep well tonight but I’ll give it a go.

      Life is an adventure right? I’m so glad I’m not on my own doing this!

      💤 Thanks for listening to my rambles. Night night
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    • Day 6

      Southern Terminus bis Julian

      May 16 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Tag 2-7
      Meilen: 62,4
      Unsere erste Stadt die wir erreichen ist Julian. Auf dem Weg dorthin haben wir die kalifornische Wüste von ihrer schönen Seite kennengelernt. Glücklicherweise sind die Tage noch nicht so heiß, da wir erst Mitte Mai haben. Der letzte Tag vor der Stadt wir allerdings hart. Die Füße tun weh und wir freuen uns nur noch auf eine kalte Dusche. Man glaubt gar nicht wie man nach nur 1 Woche ohne Dusche stinken kann.Read more

    • Day 10

      Julian, California (Mile 77)

      April 24, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Hallo Ihr Lieben, ich habe es nach Julian geschafft und sitze gerade bei Carmen im Restaurant. Carmen ist ein Trailangel (Menschen, die uns Hiker auf dem Weg nach Kanada unterstützen). Aber alles der Reihe nach ... Der Hinflug mit Edelweiss Airlines von Zürich war super. Die Maschine war nur zu 30% gebucht und ich konnte mich auf den 4 Sitzen in der Mitte zum schlafen quer legen und die Seite zum Fenster schauen aussuchen :) Die ersten Tage bin ich bei Frodo & Scout untergekommen. Ein Ehepaar in San Diego, die den PCT im Jahr 2007 gelaufen sind und seit 13 Jahren Hiker bei sich aufnehmen. Sie machen das alles für umsonst und möchten kein Geld dafür. Scout ist ein ehemaliger Anwalt im Ruhestand und war für mehrere Jahre Vorsitzender der PacificCrestTrailAssociation. Nach dem Abendessen gab es immer den Evening Talk mit den wichtigen Regeln für den Trail: "Leave no trace". Das benutze Toilettenpapier in den Ziplock und wieder bis zum nächsten Ort raustragen. Biete den Menschen für Mitfahrgelegenheiten Geld an, bedanke dich für Fahrt und entschuldige dich für den Hikergestank, den wir nach Tage ohne Dusche verbreiten. Fenster runter kurbeln könnte die Sache für die Fahrer erträglicher machen ... Wir repräsentieren für die nächsten Monate den PCT und Scout möchte, dass auch in 30 Jahren die kommenden Generation eine intakte Natur vorfinden wird. Die ersten zwei Tage in San Diego waren für Einkäufe vollgestopft. Bestelltes Zelt bei REI musste abgeholt werden. Ein neuer Rucksack war notwendig, Wasserfilter, langärmliches Wüstenhemd etc. Essen für die ersten Tage kaufen, Nachschubpakete auf den Trail voraus senden. Ich habe in den zwei Tagen leider nichts von der Stadt gesehen. Am 19.04. ging es dann endlich los. Ich war so aufgeregt, dass ich die Nacht kaum schlafen konnte. Bin um 4:00 Uhr aufgestanden und habe meine Sachen gepackt. Um 05:30 Uhr gab es Frühstück und wir wurden nach Campo zur mexikanischen Grenze gefahren (1,25 Stunden Fahrtdauer). Der Morgen an der Grenze war superkalt und windig. Tagsüber hatte es für eine Stunde geregnet. Die Natur ist unglaublich schön und ich geniesse jeden Kilometer meiner Wanderung. Ich wander teilweise in einer Gruppe. James (North Carolina), Julie (Austin, Texas), Sean u. Vincent (USA) und Jean aus Brasilien. Wir haben in den letzten Tagen Lake Morena und Mount Laguna passiert. Am Sonntag, 22.04. waren nur 10 Meilen angedacht und wir sind spät gestartet. Am Campground gegen 18:00 Uhr angekommen haben wir bemerkt, dass wir uns dort nur tagsüber aufhalten und campen dürfen. Also haben wir beschlossen noch weitere 7 Meilen zum nächsten Zeltplatz zu wandern. Da ich immer noch zu viel Gepäck mit mir herum trage und langsamer als die Gruppe wandere, bin ich 20 Minuten früher gestartet. Der Sonnenuntergang und die Stimmung in die Nacht zu wandern, waren unglaublich schön. Es wurde dunkel und ich bin mit Stirnlampe weiter gewandert. Die Natur verändert sich bei Dunkelheit und im Lichtkegel ist mir meine erste Vogelspinne über den Weg gelaufen. Ich habe Bilder gemacht, kann aber die vielen Fotos von der Kamera nicht hochladen und muss mit den wenigen Handyfotos für diesen Blog auskommen. Jedenfalls bin ich gegen 21:00 Uhr beim Campingplatz angekommen und die Crew war 10 Minuten später auch am Ziel und sehr froh mich gesund und munter anzutreffen. Auf dem Weg haben James und Shawn eine mittelgroße Wildkatze nur 10 feet vom Trail im Scheinwerferlicht gesehen. Entweder ein Mountain Lion oder ein grosser BobCat. Werde zukünftig bei Nachtwanderungen sicherheitshalber in der Gruppe bleiben. Ich geniesse jeden Tag auf dem Trail und fühle die gute Energie, die mir die atemberaubende Natur gibt. Gestern war es superheiss und mit 6 Litern Wasser kam ich nur langsam voran. Zwei Blasen habe ich mir auch schon gelaufen, aber werde gut damit fertig. Die Temperaturen tagsüber und auch nachts können vollkommen variieren. Von tagsüber kühl an der Grenze bis brütend heiss. Nachts dasselbe: wir hatten Nächte mit Temperaturen am Gefrierpunkt und bitterkalt. Gestern Nacht war es wiederum so warm, dass ich den Schlafsack als Decke genutzt habe und kurzärmlig, offen schlafen konnte. Heute werden wir bei Carmen einen Zero-Day einlegen (keine Meile laufen). Sind vom Trail 12 Meilen nach Julian getrampt und jetzt geht's gleich in den Ort zum Essennachschub kaufen und ein Stück Apfelkuchen gibt's bei Moms Pie für Hiker for free. Ich melde mich wieder, sobald ich Internet bekomme. @Joe: ich liebe Dich sehr mein Schatz und du fehlst mir. DANKE, dass ich den Weg für mich gehen darf. Dicker Kuss von AndreRead more

    • Day 9


      May 17 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      As my PCT came nearer my greatet fear was that my arthritis of the joints, right knee and left hip would prevent me from walking.
      Already 10 years ago Margot encouraged me to not give up on my knees and do regular low impact sport. This worked well and as long as I move regularly, things are more or less OK.
      Well! The only sports of the last 7 months has been sitting in our SPRINTER as we drove through Arabia. This only aggravated my hip which joined the arthritis club just before we left.
      The first days of the PCT were hell! While the joints did well during the day, at night they "came back to roost" keeping me awake all night. But now, as I walk, both hip and knee are getting better and better, despite the heavy pack and long distances.
      At night I sometimes have to move the joints to relieve the pain.
      Also the pain in my back from carrying the pack has disappeared as my back has become stronger and stronger.
      Arn't our bodies something incredible!
      Thank you dear body, my best buddy.
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