Trail days 6-11

I have realized I am terrible at keeping up to date on this blog, so I will try to catch you all up over a few posts to keep things organized...ish. 

 

 Carmen's Place

Carmen's Place

So I last left you with me sitting in a town called Julian. At a trail angels old restaurant named Carmen's. She lets hikers crash there and drink her beer while she moves away from town. 

 

Myriam and I accompanied Digger, Garbage Disposal, Sniper, and Coyote back down to scissors crossing that afternoon under the assumption that getting a hitch in the early hours of the morning may be tuff. So off we went, got a hitch from a thru hikers wife, and proceeded to set up camp under the bridge like the little hiker troll's we were. 

 hit 100 miles

hit 100 miles

The next day we woke up and only Myriam and I were left. So off we went. Climbing high up into the hills, which got us to the gate 3 water cache at around noon. Where we found Tang, Nat Geo, and Nimble Leopard. We hung out for a bit too dry our feet before heading forward to stop for lunch. We found some shade about an hour up trail and hid from the sun for a few hours before proceeding. At the next water we found some trail magic from some eclectic people in the way of free beer. It was cold and delicious. At this point only Myriam and I wanted to head on to the famous eagle rock. Getting there intime to watch the sun set. Then cowboy camping at the base. Milage for the day was 29.1 miles(46.5 km)

 Missed my alarm, and had the moon flood my shot, but it worked out ok

Missed my alarm, and had the moon flood my shot, but it worked out ok

 Morning after camping at the base of eagle rock

Morning after camping at the base of eagle rock

Day 7 saw us saunter into Warner springs. We grabbed food at the golf course. Did some mailing, got resupply, showered and washed our clothes (as amazing as you imagine) and headed out of town to catch back up to Tang, Nat Geo, and Nimble Leopard and camped with them. Milage for the day was a nero, at 6 miles (10km)

 its hot out here

its hot out here

Day 8 we were the first ones out of camp and went on walking. Climbing up out of Warner go is some awesome views, I ended up on my own hiking for a couple hours before getting to Mike's place. A random guys mountain retreat he lets hikers crash at and get water. It truely is a hiker vortex, as I met marbles who had been there for a couple zeros in a row. We didn't wait for the pizza that came out at exactly 420...we headed on, doing another couple miles. Milage for the day, 19.5 miles(32 km).

 The famous Paradise Valley Cafe

The famous Paradise Valley Cafe

Day 9 we got rolling around 5, and now the moon has definitely gotten less intense and is the first morning we really needed headlamps to hike. We push hard and do 13 miles by 930 at a water cache. We eat, top up water and head out. Today was fast, I got to mile 20.5 by noon. Myriam coming in 30 minutes later. Joined by 3 guys we have leapfrogged a few times we road walk the mile to Paradise Valley Cafe for the fabled burger. A milkshake and burger and fries later, we head back to trail. Tanner, hummer, and Wolf head out but we decided to air out our feet first. Then pushed on for about 12 miles, rolling into camp at 32 miles for the day (51km). 

 Watching the sun rise after doing 7 miles before it. 

Watching the sun rise after doing 7 miles before it. 

Day 10 we did a tonne of climbing, had a really cold breakfast due to the high winds, and finished the newly opened section up to Spitler peak. The last few miles were hard. The new trail is poorly established, and very steep. We caught up to Pace Car, Groover, Camo, and Squeeks, we rested up and ate before descending down to the road walk around the fire closure and into Idyllwild. We grabbed a cabin for two days with the promise of free laundry. In town we caught up to Martin who I hadn't seen since day 2. Miles for today ~18miles.

Day11.... Finally a zero. We slept in until 7. Did some shopping at the Outfitters for people to switch out gear, I got the supplies to fix the screen in my tent and glue for my shoes. Got food and got to bed early. Before getting back on trail in the morning.