Oct 18 (continued…)
PCT: 1018.4 – 1027.4
Total Miles: 1079.4
Elevation gain: 1396
I finished up my blog postings in the morning but could not get them to upload. I tried both my phone 4g data and the hotel WiFi, but neither had high speed uploading. Both were good for downloading. I had to give up after waiting an hour for one post that never finished uploading.
I went to the edge of town and put out my thumb. I also had a sign that said “PCT Hiker to Sonora Pass”. I got a ride in 5 minutes by the second car that came by. What luck! It was a broken down truck with a nice guy that struck me as a free spirit. His engine was diesel and of the old type that has absolutely no power. We drove mostly in 1st or 2nd gear all the way up the mountain. There were times when I wasn’t sure if the truck was going to make it; but it did.
I started hiking at the pass around 1:30 pm with a plan to hike about 10 miles. It started with a steep climb, and my pack seemed very heavy, even though I sent the bear canister home and and put a bunch of stuff in a bounce box, sent forward to South Lake Tahoe, my next resupply stop. I guess I still have a full resupply and full water bottles. The first two days back on the trail seem hard, then it gets easier.
The weather was cold and breezy but clear skies. As it got late in the day, it got much colder out and I had to put on extra layers while hiking. I decided to stop at 9 miles out of convenience as there was a tent pad available there. My feet held up well, but it was only 9 miles, which is typical.
Bill (Blackhawk Down)