Day 93 - 6/30/18 (flip SOBO from Ashland, OR to Lone Pine, CA).
July 9, 2018
Mile 1305.4 to 1286.8 for 18.6 miles with an elevation increase of 2418 and decrease of 6273. Total PCT miles 1177.83. Slept in till 6:30 and hiking by 7:30. Looking forward to a “zero” in Belden. Another mentally challenging day for both of us. The trail began in a clear cut, but did transition into big timber after a few miles. There was plenty of water. Most of the trail was extremely rocky; like on a river bed. It was very hot and the last few miles were back in clear cuts without shade. When we looked down on Belden we could see a very large party (Rave) atmosphere with boat loads of people. We were arm banded as “hikers” for security reasons. I was distraught as we would not be able to “zero” and there was no cell or WiFi service. Therefore we would be continuing onto Sierra City and figuring out how to divvy our resupply and extra food to get us to Truckee. Jerry had some mediocre chicken nuggets and I had a spinach salad at the lodge/store. Jerry also downed 4 pitchers of cola! The lodge let us use the bars phone to call the Braaten’s about our resupply. Just when we thought we would be walking the highway or hitching to get them she showed up at the lodge with our boxes and gave us a ride to the Caribou Crossing RV Park. This was the best thing that happened today aside from plenty of water sources. She is a true angel in every sense of the word. At Caribou Crossing We were welcomed, given a tent site with other hikers, got showers, did laundry and got milkshakes for dinner. We then went through our resupply box and with what we have leftover will mail a box to Sierra City. We are very pleased that we did not discard our extras at Drakesbad! Plan to send a post card or letter to Fawn letting her know we will call from Sierra City in 5-6 days. The people in charge of the Rave in Belden rented the city for the weekend. Apparently, this happens on many weekends in the summer and many of these events are much larger than this one.