Day 41: high heat and hungry

Day 41: high heat and hungry

Start: 541.55 Tylerhorse canyon.
End: 558.51 Hitch to Tehachapi
I am starting to realize something. This trip is no picnic. Yeah, I know… Took me nearly 600 miles to realize it. In fact, this trip is work. A whole LOT of work. Maybe the hardest thing I’ve ever done. The only reason I am able to do it is because mostly I am only thinking one day at a time. Thinking about the whole rest of it scares the crap outta me.
I am in Tehachapi tonight, in a Best Western. Godly showers and laundry!
There is a fire up ahead. Shit. Apparently it is 120 trail miles and 50 crow miles away. Was told smoke is visible from here but neglected to look.
Today was like yesterday. Got up earlier, hiked till 11ish, hid from the sun till 3, hiked down and lookin here, Coppertone was at the road waiting with root beer floats!

While I was taking my sun break, I was laying down looking straight up.  I noticed that spiders are constantly throwin their webs up in the air into the wind.  They kept doing it for hours, so I imagine they are either using webs to hop from tree to tree, or fishing for bugs.  I’m not sure which.
One wrinkle, I was out of fuel so couldn’t prepare most of my remaining food. So I went hungry until I ate pizza in town. Probably not smart on my second hottest hiking day yet — definitely had some energy issues as a result. Still have a lot of food left, not sure if I am going to augment it tomorrow or not. Not sure when/if I am going right back on trail, need to look at this fire thing more closely.

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Snakey snake snake



Charlie Hough
  • Mark Cassidy

    We met today at the Best Western in Tehachapi (I’m Mark, Ivana’s husband). Have now found your blog & am loving it. But, yeh, this fire closure is a nightmare. Plus the Sierras seemingly. Ivana’s pondering going round both from Onyx/Walker Ranch at Mile 652 (i.e. I’ll drive her & anyone else thinking similarly, instead of sitting it out for a couple of weeks depleting one’s fitness), & then returning after reaching Canada to complete the missed large chunk of the trail. Not a proper thru-hike, but one way to complete the trail & not risk big snows in Washington if the Sierras take too long to temper now. We’ll see. Wishing you all that is good on your journey, Charlie, & if you ever publish those photos in a book, we’re your first buyers. Brilliant idea. All the best, Mark (& Ivana)

    June 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm Reply
    • Charlie Hough

      I’m headed up to Mammoth lakes — then I’ll decide if I am hiking south through the Sierras or north and circle around to hike them later on.

      … I hadn’t considered making a book or a calendar, but enough people are saying to do so that I’m wondering. 😛

      June 3, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply
  • Moon Morey

    Good job I’m proud of you. Stay safe and hydrated.

    June 3, 2016 at 7:20 pm Reply
    • Charlie Hough

      Thank you Moon! Staying hydrated has been a huge challenge… I can only carry 8 liters — 17.6 lbs!!!

      June 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm Reply
  • Mark Cassidy

    As to a book, Oh you definitely should. Glad to hear fire closure has re-opened. Ivana’s at Walker Ranch now & will head to Kennedy Meadows & assess. A friend of hers is ploughing on from there & already at around Mile 760, so it seems feasible to continue. Here’s hoping.

    June 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm Reply
    • Charlie Hough

      She’s fast! New tent stakes working out?

      I’ll be there tomorrow.

      June 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm Reply

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