Cook and Green Pass (1677.2) to Pope Spring (1703.3)
1.30am. Bright lights woke me. Mrs Smith was busy putting the rain fly on their tent. I didn’t really feel any rain but figured if I didn’t do likewise I might regret it. I’m not sure if there was any further rain, if so I slept through it.
The day started at about 6am with a climb out of our campsite next to the side of the road at Cook and Green Pass. It was only a 1000 foot climb and the cool morning temperature made hiking pleasurable. Low cloud and dense smoke from nearby fires made visibility very low. At the top of the climb I’m sure the views would have been great, but I didn’t get to see any. An hour or so into the day light drizzle fell. Not heavy enough for me to put on my rain gear, just enough to keep me cool.
Shortly after lunch the drizzle changed to light rain. Northern California was not letting me escape without one last bit of hardship. I put on my rain gear knowing full well that it would stop raining as a result. Sure enough as I set off on the last small climb in California the rain stopped.
On day 107 at 1550 hours I exited California and entered Oregon. I covered the 1698 miles at an average of 15.87 miles per day. Or for the rest of the world 2733 kilometres at an average of 25.5 kilometres per day. I was very pleased with myself, I really feel like I’ve got this. I simply wrote my name in the trail register, took some photos, had a nip of vodka mixed with Gatorade and continued another 6 or so miles.
Camp was a flat section of ground near a Pipe Spring. As the sun was getting low in the sky and dinner was being consumed we watched a helicopter dump water on a small fire only 1-2 miles away. I entered my tent while listening to a chorus of howling by nearby coyotes.