Being the adventures of Ian Kenneth Huckelberry Brown …
Its really Gods country .. The sun is now setting on my first 20mile day .. The mountains glow gold and hold a haze .. My feet hurt and even after 45 years ive found a few muscles i didnt know I had ! Im gearing up for a heavy duty Chocolate Shake and a Pizza in a Diner , the size that can only be bought in The U S of A …
Five Oclock this morning i was in San Diego . I was ‘hiker hosted’ last night by Bob Rees , who hosts eighty plus hikers each year . Picking them up at all hours from tain , bus and airports . Last night he hosted six of us .. For free .. In his own home .. I collected my boxes of new hike gear id had sent to his address .. It was like Christmas .. The other hikers who shared a room with me talked trail late into the night , pouring over maps ,equipment checks and swapping the latest updates on water and trail closures .
Hours after we met we stood at the trailhead on the Mexico border . Bob smiled and reminded us “The full brevity of your journey will only become clear when you see my tail lights disapearing !” .
In the growing dawn the ice cold dew began to mist . Walking out into the huge granit boulders was inspiring , humbling and exciting . I found a rythm just a mile into the walk , and kept the cadance on coffee fumes for at least ten miles .
Later lunch .
Hiking on I was visited by some beautiful raptors . Buzzards and Eagles , hunting thermals . Looking lazy in the sky , but all raw power and sharp claws in reality. They were the anthem of my day , winging me to my destination , journeying with me over the last rise . To the Magical view of Lake Morena and the camp site I will sleep in tonight .
I will ‘Cowboy camp’ under the stars tonight and probaly for the next week , as the weather is perfect .
When I arrive on camp im met by a bunch of Brits , on the trail too .I get talking to a bloke from Birkenhead .. He says he has been here for thirty five years and explains it wasnt really planned . He says he fell in love with it “Its really Gods country ” he smiles “Like Wales ” he adds quickly .. We laugh .. I know just what he means ..
Right where is that Milkshake ?!?!?