Date: 18 Apr 2018 08:44PM PDT
Location: Camping near mile 226.2
Today's Miles: 20.5
Total Miles: 226.2
Woke up with the sun this morning, slept close to town and was in no rush to get there early.
Air mattress failed on me again last night, surprisingly found a different hole on the top of the mattress. Unless I've got super bony hips or spikes coming out of my back, it appears to be multiple manufacturing defects. Good thing a replacement mat is on the way to meet me in a day or two.
Walked five miles down to the road that leads into the town of Cabazon. Ended up walking half a mile off trail to get a hitch since the only road leading directly into town is a freeway.
Managed to get a ride pretty quickly from a woman who spoke no English and was lost. We communicated that I could help her figure out where she was going, and asked for a ride since we were going the same direction.
Figured out the address she wanted to get to and showed her how the GPS navigation on her phone works. Propped it up on the center console of her dashboard as she dropped me off in town.
Didn't need any resupply or anything, but the draw of Starbucks and In-n-Out burger was strong. This is one of the only In-n-Outs the trail comes close to, so of course I had to swing by.
While drinking some coffee before the burger place opened up another hiker walked in. We briefly met last night at the same campsite. He recently retired from the Navy after twenty two years, so we chatted as we drank our coffee.
Walked over to get some burgers, ate lunch together and chatted, filled up our water and packed our things up to head back to the trail.
Seeing as the only way back was the interstate we decided to grab a Lyft instead. Even though it was only six miles away, on foot that would've taken too long and was totally worth the $12.
Hiked for the rest of the day in some pretty extreme heat. Stopped for about an hour at an oasis provided by the workers of a wind power electric generation station, downing bottles of water and sitting in the shade they constructed for us.
Campsite tonight has loads of people in it, over ten tents by the time I arrived. Found a spot further down trail by a stream under a tree. What a change of pace after 220 miles of desert: listening to gurgling water, frogs, and crickets as I fall asleep.