Date: 21 May 2018 09:51PM PDT
Location: Hostel California - Bishop, CA
Today's Miles: 12.5
Total Miles: 789.1
It definitely sleeted, hailed, rained, and snowed last night. There was some epic thunder as well, basically we were *inside* the storm clouds.
Cold morning to boot, took me around ten minutes to pack up my tent alone because my hands were getting so cold.
Managed to get up and moving and out of camp before everyone else was awake. Didn't set an alarm or anything, but as soon as I realized the sun wasn't going to come out and warm things up I decided it was time to get going.
Weather continued to cool off and continue to precipitate throughout the morning. Today is resupply day in the town of Independence, which means one of the longest walks to town I've ever done.
Eight miles and change, and over 2,000 feet of elevation, up over Kearsarge Pass through the Muir Wilderness. Once at the remote trailhead it was another forty minutes of driving down another 5,000 feet of elevation to the valley floor where all the action is happening.
A small group of us tried hitching the forty miles to Bishop, but no one was having it. We ended up killing a couple of hours waiting until the bus arrived, which while not the most exciting way to spend an afternoon it was relaxing enough.
Bus dropped us off at the grocery store, so before making my way to the hostel I purchased dinner and breakfast supplies. Uber'd it over the hostel, showered and put on loaner clothes, cooked myself dinner (chorizo, pasta, stir fried vegetables), and proceeded to make myself horizontal for the rest of the evening.
Laundromat and a piece of replacement gear tomorrow before making my way back to the trail.