Whitney Houston got up around 6am and I soon followed. He was heading out in about an hour or so. The weather still called for isolated thunderstorms so I wasn’t so hot on leaving town. Well, the actual reason was I had to get this website sent out and mail the laptop up to Agua Dulce which is about 200 trail miles away.
Once in town it can be really hard to get out. The backpack explodes everywhere and you can spend 30 minutes trying to figure out what you can leave behind. The hostel was selling Heet for $4.00 a bottle, but I saw an auto parts store near the Wargames 7-11 so I held off. I liked the idea of walking into an auto parts store to by fuel for my campstove. (spoiler alert: I saved $1.50 by going to the auto parts store). Having my laptop near me means all kinds of other delays. I have a lot of flashbacks to Australia when trying to leave town. Gotta copy off all photos, get the website updated, fix bugs that people finally noticed, back up photos, etc.
Around 7:30am I saw the giant boat-like station wagon leave with about five hikers packed into it. Ah, someday I will have an early town departure.
The guy at the hostel put on the K-Tel records compilation “Hostel Music Volume 1″. This was actually just the Bob Marley legend compilation in reality, but I like to think that every hostel owns a copy of the Bob Marley album.
I got my crap out of my room so they could clean it and I dealt with writing a script to organize the files on my music player (it doesn’t like 10,000 music files in a single directory). Got the website online and sent out. Lion King came in to the room and put on a VHS tape of the movie The Beach starring Leo DiCaprio. It made me think of Thailand where Cora and I were only six months ago.
Oh, funny story about Lion King. Yesterday Spoonman said “Oh yeah, he was on some TV show called ‘Killer Karaoke’ a few years back, won a few thousand dollars” Turns out he had dog shock callers attached to him while he sang the Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin Man”
I finally made it out of the hostel around 1pm. Walked to the post office and spent awhile packing up my bounce box and mailing some stuff home. I can at least close the bounce box now. I was by the door of the PO and it was kind of amusing to see how nice the customers were with each other. They were holding the door open for each other and whatnot. Put them in a car on the road and they would be flipping each other off.
Walked to the auto parts store and bought a bottle of Heet for $2.67. I texted Marshall to tell him I was gonna head out of town…had really itchy hiking legs. Marshall had a relative’s timeshare there, hot tub and everything. He said it was pretty nice. I had to get moving though. As much fun as it is to be in town…the trail keeps pulling you back, If you stick around town long enough you will see new people each day and feel like they are getting ahead of you. (well, they are). It isn’t a race or anything, but it starts to eat at you after awhile.
I ended up walking about two miles back to the same shopping center I was dropped off at. Went to the dollar store and bought some new sunglasses, toiletry stuff, and a coffee cup. Since it was the dollar store, it wasn’t insulated or anything, thus it was very light…perfect.
Went into the Von’s grocery store out of habit, then realized I actually didn’t need to buy anything. I have more food than I need to get to I-15. I called the Papa Smurf guy who picked me up yesterday and he told me he could take me out to the trail in awhile. Right after I got of the phone Double Sprainbow and HVAC (not his real trail name, but I can never remember it and he does do HVAC work). They had rented a car to run errands and were going to go up to the trail and see if any hikers needed rides back. I called Papa Smurf back and told him I ended up getting a ride and thanks anyway.
During the car ride I told DS about the Wargames 7-11 and I think she is going to pay a visit there. Just as I was enjoying the car ride we were back at the trail. There was a hiker named Dave waiting there and he was excited to finally get a ride to town, he had been trying to hitch for the last 30 minutes.I took a clock photo of all of them and they headed back to town.
A guy came wakling down the trail who looked to be just out for a walk. His wife was in a nearby car. He said hello and I offered him an extra bottle of hand sanitizer (came in a three pack). He said that was ok. Apparently people aren’t to excited about taking an unopened bottle of hand sanitizer from someone who looks like they actually need it. He asked me about the PCT and whatnot. Success! He ended up taking a bottle of my hand sanitizer.
I setup my camera and made a video of my sunglasses getting smashed by a rock. When the crash occurred I heard the guy’s wife let out a little yelp.
I started up the trail and due to my excessive screwing around, I saw Double Sprainbow and HVAC again. I walked back to say hello to them again. Just then five hikers came down the trail. Three of them were folks I spent time with back at the RV park near Scissors Crossing a couple weeks ago. They packed into the car and I got a couple photos of it.
Eventually I ended up on the trail and actually moving for some time. Listened to the Marc Maron interview of Huey Lewis…it was a really good interview.
The pending doom clouds hung on the next ridge while the sky was blue above me. After about eight miles I decided to make camp. Spent awhile looking around for a sheltered spot but couldn’t find one. Hope the tent holds up in case it rains. I did forget earplugs at the dollar store though, argh.