Well I have walked 500 miles
And I will walk a whole lot more
Just to be the man who walked across A-me-ri-ca to Can-a-da-aa-aa
Just before 6:30pm today I crossed the dirt road that is 500 trail miles from the Mexican border where I was 5 weeks ago. I’m pretty proud of that but the crazy thing is it’s not fast enough. I’m now pushing ~25 miles per day and if I can keep that up I’ll be fine. I just need to watch the zero days.
Davy kindly drove me and all the food bags from Agua Dulce to Green Valley. I was on the trail before 9am and that’s a very late start. It sure was hot already. I caught and passed Troll and Oblivious and since I’ll be upping my miles now I may not see them again for a while. We swapped contact info and if I’m needing help in Washington his wife might be able to arrange something.
I got it into my head that I could reach the 500 mark some time during my morning break. So I set off up the hill at noon and soon felt like my face was going to melt. It didn’t but the river of sweat down my back has left a white salt stain across the seat of my trousers to show the tide mark.
Some time later I passed Rest Stop sleeping under a tree. He didn’t hear me so I took a photo and moved on quietly. There were some really pretty sections in here, much more woodland than forest to me. Long green grasses under wide oak-like trees. So much dappled sunlight. It was gorgeous.
Passing the 500 mile mark means the wilderness permit I have is now valid since it is only for hikers of trips this length or more. I guess that means I have fulfilled the definition of long distance hiker as far as the U.S.F.S. is concerned. But just so I didn’t get too complacent the next two hours were mostly uphill, with one nice easy, flat, dusty section just after Red Rock Tank. This is the latest I have hiked but I think it’ll become normal soon to get around the heat of the desert.
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Aqua Dulce to Tehachapi