Date: 02 May 2018 09:49PM PDT
Location: Camping near mile 485.6
Today's Miles: 17.4
Total Miles: 485.6
Woke up to the sound of the electrical lines buzzing above. Sounded like rain, but it was also super misty and everything inside my tent was coated in a thin layer of misty, dewy wetness.
Packed up while talking to the other hiker camped nearby. An older woman section hiking for a month, she was happy I showed up last night because she dislikes camping alone. I told her I was happy to do the favor, even if I usually try and find solo spots.
An old knee injury from the military has been giving me grief the last day or two, so I've slowed down a bit. It's a dull pain, feels like an overuse injury, and if I walk at a normal speed (instead of pushing myself) it's manageable. I'll give lower speeds a try the next few days and see how it feels when I get to Tehachapi, where regardless I'm going to take a day or two off to rest and recuperate.
Hiked approximately ten miles and the weather was still dreary and cold. Decided to head into the small town of Green Valley and grab a hot coffee and some breakfast.
At the trailhead was a trail angel who works with the infamous Casa de Luna trail angel in town, and she drove myself and another hiker into town to the home.
After being showed around I hung out for a few hours, recognizing one of the hikers from a day or two ago. We chatted, drank some soda and beer, charged up our electronics.
I departed around noon, not interested in any more social interactions for the day. Walked back into town for some coffee and lunch, relaxing a bit and eating.
After an hour or two a few of us hitched a ride back to the trail, hiking back up into the misty fog.
Two other hikers stopped early and pitched up on a windy ridge line. Even though there were no campsites in the guide book, I continued on, ending up hiking until well after sunset to find a spot to tent.
Might just be me, but it doesn't truly feel like a thru hike until you've done two things: taken your first poop in a hole, and hiked after sunset by headlamp.
Looking forward to a bit of scheduled R&R in a few days time.