March 19 Day 9.
Pct mile. 127, Mike Herrera Road.
I slept like a rock last night, and hit the trail about 7:15. I camped a bout a mile outside of Warner Springs on the side of a hill. I wasnt quite high enough to avoid the morning dew, so I got quite a bit of condensation. On top of that the temperature was 42 degrees.
By 740 I walked through a ropes course. It seemed like an odd place for it. But was neat to see all the same.
Walked most of the morning through the woods along side a creek. It was very beautiful. At mile 115 i filtered the rest of the water I would need for the day until I set up camp. I was debating camping at either Mile 127 or mile 130.
I stopped for lunch about 1145. Ive decided to try a new eating strategy. I had been saving my biuggest meal for dinner, but when I roll into to camp after a 16 -18 mile day, the last thing I want to do is think about preparing for. So I decided today I would cook my biggest meal at lunch and take a long lunch break.
While I was eating lunch Khalil from Austria passed by. We chatted for a few minutes and he went on his way. Around 2 i passed him as he was having lunch. He said he would be hiking to mile 124 and calling it a day.
Around 345 he passed me once again and said he was actually going to hike to mile 130 so he would be closer to resupply. Turns out he carries very little food. Quiet the opposite of my problem where I carry to much.
We both arrived at mile 127 roughly the same time to get water. Turns out there is also a trail angel at 127 that enjoys hosting hikers, We figured this would be a good place to stay the night. It has a bunk house and an older RV you can sleep in.
One of the hosts named Tom arrived at Mikes about an hour after we did. He offered us a couple beers and we all sat around and shot the breeze. Tom lives in Kennedy Meadows and comes down for a couple months this time of year and attends the Annual Kick off at Lake Morena. Nice low key guy.
It will be nice sleeping in the bunk house tonight as the temperature has dropped fast. I suspect it will be in the 30’s in the morning.
I did 16 miles today and had a great day. I look forward to the hike tomorrow.