26th April 2015
Nance Canyon (140) to Hurley Creek Campground (161.2) road walk detour
PCT Paradise Cafe
Apparently the wind and rain continued all night, so I heard from the others. I slept through it all. I set off earlier than Scotland and Kravitz. My goal was the reputedly awesome food at the Paradise Cafe. It was 12 miles of undulating terrain that stood in my way. I passed several other hikers who suspected that I was hungry. They were right.
It was 11.30am when I reached the Paradise Cafe. I demolished their largest burger, 2 beers and some Apple Pie with Ice Cream. I was comfortably full by that stage. While this was taking place other hikers arrived and we formulated a plan to get to the town of Idyllwild, 17 or so miles away. The discussion revolved around walking along the road and taking the bypass trail into town. Details were sketchy but 9 of us set off.
The first 9.5 miles of the road walk was easy and safe with either a generous shoulder or ample room next to the road to hike. At the 9 mile mark we stopped at a store that sold Ice Cream and recommend camping about 0.5 mile further up the road in the campground. Hot showers were enjoyed by some. As it got later in the afternoon we were joined by other road walking hikers. About 15 hikers in total. For most of the hikers it was their first 20+ mile day. We were all understandably shattered and as usual sleep came easy.
Oh and I received a trail name today. The name that people are given or adopt while on trail. But I’ll tell you about it tomorrow.
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