The three days at Kick Off were great but all the talk of hiking, and meeting people who had done it before, just made me want to get back to it sooner. This morning Sandles, who unfortunately needs time off for family matters, drove Paul and I back to Warner Springs to restart the trail. He did the loop around the town while I got to the small picnic area and took up the siesta position in the shade. I think we were there for about 3 hours and it was still waaaay to hot when we set off again.
Up and around the hill we came across George and Caitlin cooling their feet in a stream, good idea. A few more miles and I stopped on the path to eat some of their extra meals. They are one of those super-organised couples with healthy, freeze-dried, large and varied meals set up and waiting for them from here to Canada. Luckily for me they made a bit too much for the last section and have chosen to share some with me. Today was curry couscous.
I’m sleeping out again, as I suspect I will until Idylwild at the end of the week. It’s so warm here and a tent is too fiddly. It makes me glad for my sleeping bag that Nana and Grandad bought for when I went to Europe back in 2003 ! I think. I’m very cozy in that. And the pack cover Dad got me.
There has only been one day of rain, but I cover my pack with it every night to protect everything inside from dew and things that are out-smarted by elastic. Tonight I got my first skanky water from a spring, there were definitely things floating and swimming in it, so I filtered it through one of the bandanas Tania and Rachel gave me. So thank you for those
I’m at mile 119.5, heading to Canada!
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Warner to Idyllwild