Pretty routine day. I had an “easy” 16 mile hike into Tehachapi, but that didn’t stop me from getting up at first light and hitting the trail by 0600.
The first eight miles was mostly up, but I don’t mind climbing in the morning when I’m fresh and it’s nice and cool, and I got to see what I hiked across yesterday.
Around eleven I was hungry, but not interested in any of my trail food. I figured I could be to the road by two if I pushed it, and it was cruiser trail, so I pushed it. I think this is the first time I’ve done that, but I figured I have a double or possibly triple zero coming up, so I can afford to hurt myself a little bit.
And I certainly did that. Both yesterday and today I’ve been feeling new aches and pains (like now my arms and elbows want to hurt), so I am definitely ready for some rest. And to get clean! I don’t mind being dirty too much, but nine days is pushing it. Must Get To Town!
On the other side of the ridge was an even huger wind farm than yesterday. Hundreds of them as far as the eye can see. Wow.
Toward the end I got cheered on by my German Friend from Idyllwild! He had an injury and travel deadlines and was hiking SOBO. Good to see him again.
I actually got to the road about 1330, and I called a couple of Trail Angels on the list provided to see if I could get a ride to town (9 miles?) but had no luck, so I decided to hitch. I hate hitching, especially into town because my feet hurt and I can hardly stand there, but despite the sparse traffic a nice retired couple picked me up within about 15 minutes.
It was a great ride too! Not only did they take me to the Best Western where I had a reservation, but they took me to the post office first so I could get my bounce bucket and new shoes. The post office is over a mile outside of town, so this was really huge. I don’t know how I’m going to get back there to bounce the bucket (or mail it home, was more my thought), but that’s a problem for another day.
For now, I have an awesome room, I’m about to get cleaned up and go find the hot tub, and I’m stoked to be staying here for the next few days. The forecast for Friday is some kind of freezing precipitation event, so that sounds like a good day to not hit the trail. The word is there’s been lots of snow in the Sierra lately, and probably more coming, so all of a sudden I’m not in as big a hurry to get there right away. If I need to wait out some weather, this is a good place to do it! I think my Humboldt friends are here too. I told them this morning on the trail, “See you in the hot tub in eight hours!” That doesn’t leave me much time.
7 thoughts on “Town Is Calling”
When do you need to get back to the post office? I’m a local Tehachapi day hiker with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday off. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow! Thanks, Gabe! Probably late Friday would be easiest for me, but I can totally meet your schedule. I’ll be in touch
Adam, did you ever get a (proper) shelter?
We’ve been discussing current conditions & expected weather @ High Sierra Topix on this thread:
Sierra vets are chomping @ the bit, but this kind of forecast is keeping everyone home for now:
Hey, thanks for the links! Researching the weather ahead is one of my main tasks tomorrow.
And whatever do you mean, a “proper shelter”? I’ve been carrying this tarp since Acton, but there’s no need for anything but a sleeping bag, so, I misjudged again. I’ll get it dialed in by Canada!
You know, something lighter than a Wally world PU blue tarp – LOL.
Btw, you might enjoy a little tale of hiking section A:
Loving the photos my friend.
Hopefully they just get more awesome!