It’s the end of day 3 in California and I’m full. The Mann’s had a neighbourhood pot-luck dinner here and it was very well catered. I’ve been sorting things out here, buying bits and pieces, stocking up on food, insect repellent and water bottles. I even had another go at a support system for my solar panels. I say *I* did but really I mean Jan did. After the one I designed before was found to be too tight around the sleeping pad I redesigned it to wrap around and fasten with velcro. And after messing up Mum’s sewing machine with velcro that was stuck down on one side I have learned to use the stuff that only requires sewing. At it works wonderfully.
As you can imagine I owe people here a lot. Jim and Jan, who hiked the PCT in 2003, have been driving me back and forth from REI and helping me sew, Sandy and Barney were incredible in offering me their home and hospitality, it’s all too amazing for a complete stranger to be taken in so well. I’m really going to have to payback all the good karma that has come my way thus far. I guess my efforts will have to be towards Te Araroa, if and when it gets completedDistance today: 0 miles. Total distance: -1 miles