Day 94 - 7/1/18 (flip SOBO from Ashland, OR to Lone Pine, CA).
July 9, 2018
Mile 1286.8 to 1277.6 for 9.28 miles. Officially a “nearo” for us based on our criteria of less than 10 miles. However, these were tough miles. In the 100 degree heat we gained 4494 feet and lost only 530. Over 4000 feet of elevation was attained in the first 4 miles. Hiking started at 11:30 and we arrived at camp at 6:45. Camp was at Clear Creek an elevation of 6217.8. Jerry slept in a bit till 8:30. Although exhausted I could not sleep past 6am. We got breakfast, mailed a resupply box to Sierra City and packed up. Because they sold out of 20 gallons of ice cream the previous day we waited till more arrived, got milkshakes then a ride as close to the Rave zone as possible and began hiking. Today was a clothing optional day at the event based on our observations. Again we received wristbands to identify us as “legitimate” before we could hike to the trail which required we walk through the town. The steep trail was good quality, but flanked with poison oak for the first 3 miles as was our decent into Belden yesterday. We were both very tired. I could have fallen asleep sitting in the restaurant earlier. Jerry was really dragging. We took breaks every 30 minutes as the sweat was pouring off of us. Our first water source was from a pipe at 4.3 miles. We “cameled up” and Jerry’s energy increased. We also reacquainted with “Hiccup” who we last saw in Kennedy Meadows and “Garbage Disposal” who we last saw in Lone Pine. Biting flies and mosquitoes were really out today. Our feet were grateful for our new shoes. Hardly noticed any plantar fasciitis or neuroma pain at all. We were pleased to have made most of the ascent today.