Not a great night sleep for Beardoh last night. He woke up at about 3 and didn’t fall back to sleep till around 4:30. We had bought some yoghurts and oatmeal at the grocery store the day before, so we had breakfast in our motel room with some additions from the motel’s continental breakfast. We were feeling pretty stuffed by the time we headed out.
We started back on the trail at 8:00 and walked past all the rafting outfitters setting up for the day. The trail felt very “in town” for the first few miles and then passed a nice creek several times and even a nice bridge over the creek. There was a long climb up during the day and we stopped by a nice waterfall for lunch.
We watched several mountain bikers go by on some pretty steep terrain. One rider was demoing a Pivot Mach 6 bike. It was 25lbs…really light for the suspension that it had (6″). Beardoh will have to check into the Pivot brand when he is ready to upgrade his bike.
We met back up with PCT in the afternoon and of course started seeing more hikers. It was fun to stop and talk with a lot of them. One of the couples that is section hiking was Sea Glass and Hawk, a couple that had been in Pennsylvania for many years but just moved to Reno. They had started the PCT April 1, but were not enjoying the heat of the desert so decided to do other sections during the later spring and summer . We talk for quite a while with Pockets and Giver while they were sat down taking a break. Pockets is thru-hiking and Giver came out just for the TRT section to hike with her. They were good people to chat with. We also saw a TRT hiker we had seen on the other side of the lake. We had first met him about three miles into his hike. He had mentioned that he was planning to hike around 12 miles a day, so we were surprised to see him again. He said that he has been going at least 20 miles each day.
Water has not been as much of an issue today, as there were many streams along the trail. While we are technically dry camping tonight, water is not too far down the trail, so we did not need to carry extra water in the afternoon…what a relief!
Didn’t get views of the lake till the later afternoon. Despite that, we had other interesting views as we came over a couple knifes edge type passes and started to see some more wildflowers. Mosquitoes and flies are out in full force tonight! In our hammocks by 8:00 with our bug nets pulled tight. Tomorrow should be the same miles or a little more, as we aim for a shorter final day. Only two more days left on the trail!
Daily Miles: 19.1 miles
Total Miles: 142.1 miles