170527 – Tehachapi Zero Day 2

Day:  034
Date:  Saturday, 27 May 2017
Start:  Tehachapi Willow Springs Road crossing at Mile 558.5, 4153 ft

Finish:  Tehachapi Willow Springs Road crossing at Mile 558.5, 4153 ft

Daily Miles:  0.0 PCT
Total PCT Miles:  558.5
Weather:  Mild and sunny
Accommodation:  Best Western Mountain Inn, Tehachapi

     Breakfast:  Cereal, yoghurt, scrambled eggs and sausage 

     Lunch:  Strawberry Danish and apple-caramel pie
     Dinner:  Poor Boy sandwich (ould only eat a third of it) and chocolate brownie
Aches:  None
Highlight:  Taking it easy
Lowlight:  None
Pictures:  No pictures today.

Map:  Click here for Google Map

I didn’t get up until 8am and after the motel complimentary breakfast, took it easy until late morning, when I wandered up to the recommended town bakery which was doing a roaring trade.  I was going to get a sandwich, but their pastries looked so good, and it wasn’t long since breakfast.  I weakened and went for the sweet stuff.

Later I went to the tiny town movie theatre (also doing a roaring trade) and treated myself to the latest Alien movie, which I thought was OK.  I  remember seeing the first Alien movie in Tasmania while on a cycling vacation way back in the early 80s.  Doesn’t time fly.  Afterwards I watched a small western concert in the town square for a while.  It is Memorial Day long weekend in the US, the unofficial start to summer, and there are people in town for a “Western Swingout”, many dressed in their western best.

Later in the afternoon, I ventured back to the bakery and bought a sandwich, far too big for me to eat, and a brownie for dinner.

The long weekend probably accounts for my difficulties in lining up a “trail angel” to give me a lift back to the trailhead tomorrow morning.  I made a number of calls to a published list, but all were either out of town for the weekend or not answering.  Normally,  I would be happy to just hitchhike, but the main road through town, which passes my motel, does not go to the trailhead, so that complicates things.  I need a more minor road at the edge of town, about 3 miles away.  Of course, I could walk, but PCT hikers hate walking any unnecessary additional miles.  I’m keeping my expectations low, and will be prepared to be waiting for some time.  I may try and get a taxi to the edge of town on the road I want, but I hear there’s only one in town, who doesn’t like short trips.

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1 Response to 170527 – Tehachapi Zero Day 2

  1. judy says:

    if you wear a cowboy hat you have a better chance of getting a lift 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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