Day 95 - 7/2/18 (flip SOBO from Ashland, OR to Lone Pine, CA).
July 9, 2018
Mile 1277.6 to 1263.5 for 14.17 miles with an elevation increase of 2073 and decrease of 2781. Total PCT miles 1201.28. Hiking at 7am in cool temperatures, yet the mosquitoes were eagerly awaiting their breakfast. We hiked in big timber, on ridges overlooking lakes and through meadows. Biting flies, the type that take chunks of flesh when they bite joined us at every break. Our first water source was at 8 miles (Buck Creek). We reacquainted with “Mousetrap” and saw many hikers today. We are encountering an increasing number of NOBO hikers each day. When we got to Bucks Creek Road we saw a sign offering a place to stay from a trail angel. Our hopes for a “zero” increase, but unfortunately did not have any cell service. We continued on and reached Big Creek Road in about 3 miles. Again no cell service. Jerry was really tired and so we waited to see if we could get a ride within a few minutes. We were excited to have a ride within 15 minutes and hoped one of the lodges would have a room available since it was so close to the 4th of July. Our ride dropped us at the Buck Lake Resort. We were treated with a free PCT hiker beer and patiently waited to hear if a room was available. If not we would call the trail angel or go to the local campground. Jerry had a NY steak and I had street tacos. Finally we heard there was a room and we could have it for two nights. So excited to have a “zero”. It was a challenge trying to pay our food bill. They could not run our credit card until someone else was off the phone??? And the only worker in the restaurant kept disappearing. Wi Fi also not working even though they tout it as a benefit. We were surprised to see that there were no cars in the parking lot of the motel since we had been told they were unsure if they had a room available. Met one other hiker staying here and he was told he could get a room if they didn’t have to clean it! He took them up on their offer since one bed in the room had not been slept in. Our room is minimal, but beds and bathroom seem clean. Carpet is another story. Who knows when it was last vacuumed. Definitely not going barefoot. Hand washed my clothes, showered and went to sleep.