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PCT Day 39 Milestones

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25th May 2015

Mileage 13.7 (22km)

Walker Pass (651.4) to 25% Camp (665.1)

The promise of fresh coffee and French toast roused me from my slumber. Sleep did not come easy last night, a few too many caffeinated drinks prior to bedtime, I think. The breakfast and company was much appreciated.

My body was a bit worn down from the long hike yesterday and I found the perfect excuse to not walk so many miles today. I found cell phone reception, possibly the last for a long time. I posted on Instagram and updated my blog with a couple of days of posts. I must say thank you to everyone who sends me messages of support. I am very appreciative.

It was around 11am when I finally set foot on the trail. Little shade, little wind and another long climb ahead. I was in no rush today so stopped at a rare shady spot to cook up a carb loaded pasta. I had a bit more food than is needed till my next resupply as I’m about a day ahead of where I thought I would be.

I also didn’t expect my ankle to be able to handle such long days. The pasta lunch made me sleepy, I refused to argue and obliged my bodies needs. A fly buzzing in my ear woke me. I’m not sure how long I was asleep. 1 minute, 1 hour? I’m not sure but I was refreshed.

I leap frogged 2 other hikers I met in recent days, Teflon and Smokie. I also heard my old hiking buddy Zig Zag was in the area, but nobody knew if he was ahead or behind me. I chose not to fill my water bottle at the uranium tainted Joshua Tree Springs. Instead I would conserve the couple of litres I had and fill up early the next morning at the next water source.

I passed 2 milestones today. Firstly, I crossed the invisible line that tells me I have 2000 miles to go, yay. Secondly, and more impressive is the fact I have now covered 25% or 1/4 of the trail. I camped alone on a small flat ridge just 30 seconds walk away from the 25% marker with a stunning view of the valley I had just descended.

As the sun set I could see headlamps in several locations spread out of several miles of trail. Although I camped alone, I was not alone out here. (Oh, by the way, I found a small exposed ridge top with cell reception. I didn’t expect that!)

just finished breakfast
10am last of the cell phone reception at Walker Pass, with Huimmingbird
25% of the trail conpleted
campsite

Next : Day 40 Bears in the Desert

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Brad is an Australian who has completed the hiking Triple Crown after he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail. He has hiked on every continent (except Antarctica) and has cycled from Alaska to Ecuador. He is an expert on outdoor gear currently living in Chile.

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