After a small group of hikers spent the most windy night yet at ‘Ziggy and the Bears’ haven , we resulplied and started planning to negotiate another trail diversion.
Wild fires are a serious problem in California at the moment as is drought. The climate here is also in a state of major change and every lake we have passed over the last 200miles has been deeply depleted.Wild fires last year still make some of the track impassible , and so we are traversing a section today by getting rides to the town of Big Bear. It means we have to cut around about 50miles of the walk , and where purists are strict about making up the miles on side trails , both ‘Big Toe’and I are happy to just keep trekking as we are both only on trail for three months.
We get a lift off of Jackie who has hired a car especialy , the company doesnt have the small car she ordered and so they give her a Dodge Ram with a 5litre Hemi engine .. Travelling in style !
After speeding through the rustic charm of Big Bear and the beautiful pine ridged mountains ,Jackie drops us off at a Trailhead . We hike a few miles up to join the PCT and get back on the track . This is going to be a much longer section of wilderness . Both ‘Big Toe’ and I are happy to be back in the wild.
We walk just a couple of hours and pull into a nice little shaded valley , where we plan to camp. The afternoon is spent laughing and singing songs , Big Toe is a musician and plays in a Hayseed Dixie band , covering old Stones,Queen,Kiss and ACDC songs . Its great to have good company and conversation as we eat our hikers food and I make tea . Im aware im missing a Liverpool game , but I know im doing what I love.
Its another early night out here on the trail they call sunset ‘Hiker midnight’ as everyone is usualy asleep by then . Tonight is no exception . I crawl into my bag and only have enough energy to read a chapter of Tom Sawyer before im nodding .
Tomorow is the start of an 80mile stretch with no real resupply points .
Blister count :6 . No new ones for two days now .