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
Highlight: Taking it easy
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.