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Day 15: A zero from here to there

Day 15: A zero from here to there

Skipped from 210.8 to 266ish — another trail closure.
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Woke up at Ziggy and the Bear, needed to wait till 11 or so to get my package, and changed plans. Instead of paying $10 to shuttle to town and another $10 to bus it to big bear, Ellie rented a pickup truck and we split the cost five ways $30 apiece.
Right before leaving, The Bear caught a beautiful 3-4 foot snake. Best I can tell (same link as yesterday) it was a “Desert Glossy Snake”

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Ellie drives like a bat out of hell, and I wanted to call her lead foot, but that doesn’t really work as a trail name so we came up with TURBO. It is an apt description of her overall, and I think it will stick. On the drive up in the mountains the temp dropped below freezing and it was snowing.
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We arrived at our lodge hostel, with hiker discount it is $27, includes hot showers, laundry, dinner and breakfast. Has a wonderful game room and big lodgy community area — with wifi! ^.^
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I went out and bought a 20oz bottle of peanut butter porter. It was DELICIOUS! I sat and drank it with a really cute English couple, and talked a lot about the trail. Showed them “the longest way” on YouTube– look it up, it is wonderful and was my original inspiration to do the trail.

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Right as I was finishing my beer, Anne, who trucked it into town with me and is one of my three bunk mates in the hostel invited me out to a brewery. I collected our other two bunk mates, “Bad Mash” and Jesse, and we walked to the brewery. Naturally we found a dozen other hiker trash. I “tried” to drink a single beer and call it quits, but next thing you know more of my friends from the trail show up and are buying me more drinks. If estimate 5 high octane beers total… That is a LOT of alcohol for me. But… It was also one of the most fun nights out drinking I’ve ever had.
We walked back, went to bed, I probably peed four times. Woke up with only a mild hangover (thanks to drinking three glasses of water)
Sunrise:

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Big Bold Badass – TURBO!

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The Bear:

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Pure snow! We could market this stuff!

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Charlie Hough
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