Day 78: Rausch Gap to 501
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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So we have made it back to the car and Chris' tent poles were waiting with the shelter caretaker here. Thanks Sarah... Gear mix ups are actually a lot more common than you'd think. Roughin it and I exchanged underwear at one point!! (after laundry of course!) Chris and I made sure to carefully make sure we have everything back with it's rightful trekker.
I'm sad that he's leaving, it was a great weekend hiking with him and my cousin Sarah. Chris has officially announced his intentions to thru hike the trail someday (ok I'm probably jumping the gun, but I really think he could and should do it!)
I wanted him to lead so he could set the pace (I didn't want to kill any of my visiting hikers with my trail legs) and he almost killed me
So this morning we got hiking around 7:30 which was a good thing because it was a hot one (near 90). At the first road crossing there was a guy doing trail magic by giving out nice fresh apples... Fresh fruit is unreal when you are stuck eating peanut butter and pasta sides out here. He also passes out some Jesus pamphlets which we politely read. I hand mine back with the excuse (legitimate) that I don't want to carry anything extra. I think he was somewhat put off, but we had a nice chat with him anyway.
The day has 2 big climbs but luckily we hit both before the hottest part of the day. Chris was dripping sweat but I'll be darned if we didn't hit a 2.5 mph pace!! (very impressive for a newbie)
By the time the heat hit we were on the ridgeline and on our way to a relaxing 2.5 hr lunch.
When we arrive in the late evening at the shelter here "Snack Break" is here doing trail magic! She made a bunch of lasagna and cookies for us which is just totally delicious. I think I ate 5 pieces. When the caretakers arrive home (they live nextdoor) they get us the tent poles and offer everyone in the shelter ice cream.
I've decided that Chris can't go home! I've seen more snakes and trail magic with him here than I have in the last 500 miles. Beginners luck maybe.
It's going to be hard to hike a big thru hiker day tomorrow...although 17 miles was impressive for chris, I should be going a bit further. Maybe I can catch back up with Willard. Well hope you all enjoyed hearing about a slightly more social and relaxed weekend of hiking. It'll just be boring old Donner again tomorrow. Keep those comments coming. Missed all of you this weekend.
Hopefully when I finish I'll get to see you too :)