May 19 – Miles 518-538 (20 miles)
May 20 – Miles 538-558 (20 miles)
May 21 – 0 miles (glorious rest in Mojave, except for lots of walking around town) We have been so lucky with the weather in this last stretch. I (T-Fox), would even say that my biggest fear of hiking the PCT was the HOT desert weather. I melt in the heat…maybe I’m a witch, or at least was one in a past life (just kidding)…
But the weather has been awesome. Yes, there were some scorchers (as mentioned in previous posts), but for the most part it’s been smooth sailing with cooling winds and moderate temps. On May 19th, Lorax and I headed on out into the Mojave desert. This section is often described as the hottest and driest section, and unfortunately it’s also a common place for many hikers to call it quits. Luckily, the temps stayed in the 80s for us.
Not gonna lie though – it was boring…and very much lacking in character and inspiration. This section of the trail goes through the Mojave desert on private land, where we follow the L.A. Aqueduct for some time, and then spit out into windmill central. By mile 10, I was beginning to drag my feet and get “a little pouty.” So we had a quick break under a Joshua Tree, and I listened to some Johnny Cash (it seemed appropriate) and some Mumford and Sons for the next stretch. We camped in the windmill farm – it was a windy night 🙂
The following morning started off some ascending the Tehachapi mountains, or as we like to call them, the foothills of the Sierras!! This is a huge milestone, because it means getting closer to some serious mountains with some serious awesomeness. It still feels desert-like, but it felt great to have survived the “hot-stretch” and to be on our way back to trees and flowers.
We cranked out another 20 mile day, with lots of laughs and great conversation. People tend to hike alone on the PCT, but there’s a lot of “leap-frogging” where you with see the same person several times through out the day because we all stop for breaks at different times. Lately we have been running into Steven, Steve, and Josh and Carla a lot. It’s great to get to know people out here. We’re all stinky, but we all accept each other for it. Have you ever noticed you had bad b.o. In a public place and got really worried and embarrassed about it? Not out here. You can rest assure that someone smells worse than you..so no worries. It’s great.
I am currently hanging out in a prestigious Motel 6 in Mojave CA with my husband. I’m eating a veggie platter…and cookies…and iced tea…yum. Tomorrow it’s back to the foothills for a 7 day stretch with no stops. Our packs are loaded and heavy with food to support our huge appetites and our slimming figures.
Thanks for reading!
Walk on… T-Fox