Today im heading to Wrightwood .’Wing-it!’,Guss and I spent the night sleeping in a dry river bed , today we are going to walk a formidable crest. We have to climb 8000 feet over 15miles or so . Breakfast is a cup of Irish tea ,and we are off . Its first light and Im hoping to avoid the hardest rays of the sun today . Out here next to the Mojave desert its plus 90 by lunchtime , and I dont want to be hiking in that thankyou kindly !
I make good progress over the first 8miles , but its a never ending rise . After a few hours I decide to imagine im in an Esher painting. You know the one that they are all walking up a stair case that never ends . It seems easier that way . I try to think about not thinking about thinking ..it works for a while .
The scenery is amazing , every spur on the path offers beautiful panoramas , and each saddle i cross opens up to new horizons . The snow capped mountains and the pine trees offer cool relief from the heat I know is just a mile below me .
Its so much easier on my feet today , I feel like im honed down and tuned up . I can crank out miles and slip through time . Its like ive become tuned to the trail . I stop momentarily beneath a great pine for some trail mix and a mouthful of water . I can feel the breath of the mountain . It comes in waves , fresh with the scent of pine .Im so glad to have this peace today . I feel like its all mine , everything I see and everything I feel . The lizards skit , and im walking again.
I hit Acorn Trail at about 15 miles , its a 3 mile walk to town from up here , but I have to resupply . The next resuplly will be six days away , so I take the steep slope downwards into a beautiful ski-resort town that is full of log cabins and chalets .
Wing-it! Has made it down before me . His real name is Ian and he is also a Liverpool FC fan . He and I have hit it off easy and we share a beer on his cabin porch he has rented for his big Zday tommorow .
I check out the local convenience store . They offer free hotdogs to PCTers .. I chat to the owner . He interviews me for his PCT blog and takes my photo outside his store . He proudly shows me a picture of David Beckahm who came through here yesterday to fill up his motorbike . I smile and think of footy .
Ive washed behind me ears , brushed me teeth and had me laundry done . Now to watch the Liverpool highlights on me phone .
Blister count : 3