Date: 27 Sep 2017 1001PM
Location: Camping near mile 1076.9
Today's Miles: 14.6
Total Miles: 1573.6
Woke up suddenly to the sound of helicopters, definitely not what I expected. Some civilian heli was making transportation runs back and forth between two short distance points, which I just happened to be directly under.
Packed up and walked the mile down to the road. Got a hitch on the second car. Roofer who picks up hikers drove me the twelve miles to South Lake Tahoe in his truck.
A hostel on the other side of town had a few packages for me, so I stuck out my thumb once more and got a ride quickly. Ended up being a local trail angel with a hiker already in her car.
She drove us to the hostel, but unfortunately one of my packages wasn't there. I paid for the one that was and we hopped back in the car. Found a pair of shorts in the hiker box on my way out, score for me, because the mesh crotch in mine had disintegrated many miles ago.
She dropped the two of us back in the center of town, and I went into a local Mexican place for breakfast and a cup of coffee. Ordered some sort of breakfast plate with two fried corn tortillas, three eggs, black beans, cheese, sour cream, and cabbage. It was damn delicious and definitely hit the spot.
After breakfast I checked the tracking information for my missing package, and saw that it was delivered while I was eating breakfast. Walked back to my previous hitching spot and got a ride after a short period of time. Cool local dude with a restored Fiat convertible drove me back to the hostel. Grabbed my package, headed back out to the road, and attempted to hitch back to the other side of town.
Didn't get a hitch, so I used a local bike sharing service and rode a very poorly constructed bike the five miles to the other side of town. Haven't been on a bicycle in some time, was kinda fun.
Parked the bike and went into a local Chinese buffet. Ate a few plates of food and sorted some life business via phone and email. Finished up, mailed a few things home, resupplied from the grocery store, and went out to the road leading back to the trail.
After about thirty minutes a young kid pulled a u-turn and picked me up, dropped me back at the trail, and took off.
Walked the first few miles eating some gelato that I picked up at the grocery store, partially because I wanted gelato, partially because I needed a new container to rehydrate my food in. Entering a real beautiful part of the trail, looking forward to what's to come. Sunset was behind the mountains, but the red and orange colorings splashed all over the valley I was walking through.
Nightfall came, and with it the rising moon. Ended up walking for quite a few miles under wide open sky - only needed the red lense on my headlamp to see by. It was by far my favorite night on the trail yet.
Not as cold tonight. Locals said a high pressure system is rolling through the next few days, and with it higher temperatures and little to no precipitation. Lucky us.