Trail angels and the hardest day yet

The trail out of Warner springs was incredibly beautiful and an absolute pleasure to hike. The day ended at a great trail angels house, a wealthy gent named Mike who let’s a friend “kushy” use his holiday home, a house in the middle of nowhere, to play host to anyone backpacking the PCT. We had lasagna, beers, soda, and if you wanted, herb. Kushy was a great host and it was a memorable atmosphere.

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That morning I sprung early, earlier than the other 18 or so hikers camped out and hit the trail by 4:18am. I needed to be at Paradise café for a ride into Idyllwild by 4pm and 24 miles and a few climbs laid between me.  Two hours in hikers “burning daylight” and “butterfly” caught up to me, they had both stayed the night at Mike’s that night too, and I paced them as they cooked along. I think the pacing is what’s really screwing with my ankles because it wasn’t long after that the pain started to really get to me. I choked down some Tylenol and kept pushing.

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I managed to keep pace with butterfly for a while as we strode by a few caches which were incredibly nice to see. In the last 4 miles stretch I was in serious pain. I’ve been taking the max dosage of Tylenol the last 7 days and I’m concerned it’ll have irreversible effects so I didn’t take any later in the day. This made the final stretch really hard for me. I managed to push through it and finally had my burger I was dreaming about all day at Paradise cafe, the burger wasn’t that great.

We hitched into Idyllwild in the back of a pickup truck drivin by butterfly’s girlfriend and I stayed at the manzanita inn. That place is a shithole. Today I’m sleeping in Idyllwild inn, it’s cheaper and several times better. A full zero day, it’s lovely. My ankles are both swollen but what can I do? Tomorrow the push continues.

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