Just a quick update here, since I’ve got too much on my plate for one computer stop. I’m in Tehachapi, CA right now, taking yet another zero day in order to get ready for the next leg of the journey. 550 miles down, so far.
The other day we crossed the small corner of the Mojave Desert that the PCT traverses. Team Roadwalk (that is, Kerry, Crowdog, Moleman and me) left Hikertown Hostel at 1 AM after just over three hours of sleep so we could hike at night and avoid the heat. It’s not that we really needed to avoid the heat, it just seemed like a fun idea at the time. And it was fun. But when we arrived at the only real creek in the stretch, 17 miles into the day at only 8:30 AM, we pretty much crashed. We camped under a road bridge for shade, and slept (barely) for four hours. Then we ended up hiking the last ten miles of the day in the boiling heat. Well, it was a good time, even if we didn’t really beat the heat.
Yesterday we hiked through the Tehachapi Wind Farm, which I understand is the largest wind farm on the planet. Pretty impressive. I sure wouldn’t want this in Maine, but here, where the wind blasts constantly and there’s tons of space for it, it seems like a great idea. That’s all I’ll say about that for now. Wind farms in the east are a pretty big controversy. Maybe not as much out here, although I’m not entirely up on my local politics out here.
Tehachapi marks the end of my Southern California guidebook, and the last of our easily accessible trail towns. From here on out, every town is either far apart on the trail, far away from the trail, or both. Up until this point I’ve stopped in towns or hostels every 100 miles or less, and each one has been an easy hitch from one road. I think the hardest was Big Bear, with a 10 mile hitch. Our next possible town stop would be Lake Isabella, one hundred miles from here and 35 miles from the trail. Then, Kennedy Meadows General Store, which is exactly what it sounds like– a tiny store near the trail. After that, Bishop is a 9 mile hike and 50 mile hitch off the PCT. I doubt it’ll be easy.
Anyway, that means I’ll be in the snow soon. See you out there!