It wasn’t hard to get moving this morning. Though it was only 6 am all I had to do was stuff my sleeping bag into my pack and be on my way. And in that manner I reached Chihuahua Valley Road, 7 miles away, before 10 am. I went up the dirt road looking for Mike’s water tank expecting to filter it just in case. The tank was marked as undrinkable so I followed directions to the house and what I found was amazing.
Inside a screened porch were two ‘cots’, a huge stash of bottled water, boxes of sweets, juice, and assorted hiker supplies like duct tape and foot powder. Needless to say I sat out most of the day there. I ate one of George and Caitlin’s extra meals, it was huge and I still have half of it for tomorrow’s lunch. They’re going to put weight on if they can eat this well the whole way. Eventually two couples that had been at last night’s spot rolled in and I felt it was time to move on. They were very nice and friendly but I found them a lot to deal with after just basically sleeping all day. So now I am camped a couple of miles north with Paul (a.k.a. Potential 178) hoping the ants will go to sleep before they discover me.
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Warner to Idyllwild