May 31st. Another early start for the push to Lake Isabella. Due to a 1500 feet climb, we got motivated to leave camp at 5.15am.
I had a really bad night, did not sleep much. The wind had kept me awake, shaking the tent that I did not really pitch sufficiently due to the loose ground. Learning… Better keep looking for a suitable spot to stake down the tent decently.
But the show had to go on… And I had to keep walking to make it to Lake Isabella tonight.
The early morning climb at least offered breath taking views again. At the top around 7000 feet, I settled down for a coffee break.
After the climb, most of the remaining miles led even or even downhill through a beautiful landscape with more trees and shade again.
Coming to the highway around 3.30pm, we tried our best to hitch a ride to the 30+miles distant Lake Isabella.
After maybe 30 minutes we were lucky. A big RV that had passed us but seen my “PCT Hiker to town” sign came back minutes later and u-turned to take all of our group (8 hikers!) to Lake Isabella. Thank you very much! You guys were great!
We came to town, had fast food and split up. Some of us went to the campground, I voted with Cactass and Tinkle for the motel. Quick laundry and a relaxing evening.
I was really ready for some good and long night sleep…
Die Nacht bietet so ein faszinierendes Gefühl von Isolation. Nachts ist man frei, die Welt lässt Dich in Ruhe.