Got up 5.15am, started hiking 6.15am. The smoke has its advantages – with the early sunlight, it creates beautiful photo opportunities.
We completed 10 miles by 10am, took a break to get new water.
Pushing on, we had 16.5 miles done before the lunch break at 1pm. In the afternoon finally a change in landscape! I had seen trees and trees and trees since weeks – Northern California and the South of Oregon had been very similar so far. I am excited to see first volcanic rocks – Oregon will offer much more of that.
Around 5pm, we crossed a highway and met two hiker offering some trail magic out of their rental car. They had decided to skip Oregon – and to make up for that, they were doing trail magic with sodas and snacks – much appreciated! 🙂
Camped at 6.45pm at mile 1765 with 26 miles done. Doing a good job with a planned daily 25+ miles.
Got on trail around 7.15am. Tinkle was suddenly pushing to make it to highway 15 and with that to South Lake Tahoe today instead of tomorrow… With just 18 miles left after yesterday’s push to 24 miles…
The morning was surprising with a cloud cover. A new sight… Some clouds even looked dark enough for rain.
Just after 4 miles, we made it to Carson pass and with that to our next trail magic.
Continuing on, the trail got steep downhill for the last 4-5 miles to the highway crossing. We were hit by a few drops of rain!
Right at the highway parking, we ran into the trail magic of CopperTone – a former through hiker who now lives in his expedition mobile as traveling trail angel. Thanks to CopperTone I experienced my first root beer float – vanilla ice cream and root beer – a perfect refreshment after the 18 miles on a warm day. Thank you! We got a ride into South Lake Tahoe from a nice lady whose son is currently hiking the PCT.
First stop was Basecamp pizza – as PCT hiker, you get a free pizza, pasta or salad there… Wow. Like three times magic on one day.
During the hike, Tinkle and I had agreed on another shakedown tomorrow morning… We are excited about increasing the daily mileage… Whatever it takes.
Two zero days in South Lake Tahoe. We will be back on trail with Cactass on Monday. 235 miles to the PCT midpoint.
Short break for an energy bar in a meadow full of flowers around 10.30am.
Lunch break at 12pm with Tinkle but without Cactass – she wants to push further. Wolf Creek at mile 1039.
Plan is to camp at mile 1049 Small Sherrold Lake – that would make it a 21 miles day – the first 20+ since entering the Sierra about a month ago. But I start feeling the pressure… Nearly three months on trail, but the midpoint still is 200+ miles out. Still believing in the Oregon wonder… 😉 After the midpoint at 1325 miles, many hikers increased their mileage significantly due to the flat land in Northern California and Oregon…
Caught up with Cactass. We heard about trail magic at Ebbots pass. Made it there around 5.30pm. And what a trail magic! Despite of July 4th, a nice couple offered hot dogs, sodas, beer, fruit, snacks…. Best trail magic I had on trail!
They also had some magic like energy bars, gear, even new socks sponsored by SNAC – thanks for the merino socks!
Had two beers there and another one to go.. our planned camp site was just another half mile out.
A nice evening with bellies full of magic, beers and sparklers for July 4th!
Even before our breakfast in the Bridgeport Inn, we checked out a sporting goods shop next to the general store. I got a simple nylon drysack for less than 5 dollars! They had just one size, but it it just what I wanted to replace my bear can as food storage. Looks even a bit retro…
The breakfast was delicious and had an adequate big size – three scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns and a cinnamon roll.
Finished packing our packs, last blog updates… Then to the post office just behind the motel to send the bear canisters away.
We walked to the end of town to find a hitch… And met Colin already trying his luck there.
Split up. Colin and Cactass first, Tinkle and myself maybe 20 min later.
Chris, a nice guy working in South Lake Tahoe gave us a ride. He works in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino! We were considering to stay there… Now knowing a guy working at the bar… For sure!
Got out at the Highway 395/108 crossing, Cactass and Colin standing there… Later a nice guy returning from his fishing trip fisherman took all four of us into his truck.
The hike started well… Trail magic! First magic since the Sierras!
Shortly after also Husk and Queso joined!
Started hiking around 3pm.
We wanted to make miles even with the late start, so we pushed on until 7pm.
The plan is 20+ miles every day until South Lake Tahoe…