Daily Archives: July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013

Day 77: Castle Pass [mp 1161.83]

A nice sleep in again this morning, with a girl even. (and a pushy dog who moved from her bed to our bed around 5am). I had forgotten it was my birthday until Cora reminded me.

Cora and I went and did the morning dog walk to the coffeeshop. It has been nice to pretend to live in a neighborhood with a local coffeeshop and a very low meth head population.

Later we went to breakfast and upon arriving back in the house it was all decorated for my 40th birthday party! We had cake and ice cream around 10:30am. The kids gave me a balsa wood plane and 1965 Corvette matchcbox car.

Cora, Chris and Ms. Freddie left around noon. I was sad to see them go since they had just gotten here. At least I’m near the halfway point..I couldn’t imagine having to say goodbye with another four months still in the trip.

I spent the afternoon packing up my bounce box and trying to get the lunky.com site updated. Most of the entries are complete but it still needs some more work. Cora offered to fix typos and put in links to my obscure references so you can thank her for those.

Around 6:30pm, Chris’ brother Mike gave me a ride back up to the trail. I did stash my balsa wood plane in the house so I have to visit later. Unfortunately I put it in a spot where it fell behind a wall, so it might be a bit difficult to retrieve it.

Got back onto the PCT and farted around a bit on the Internet. After about four miles the trail went under I-80.

I took the detour to the rest area. The last time I was at this rest area was during my 1996 hike. I was in the stall and someone held a note offering their um, services. I wasn’t into that sort of thing, but really the note had such terrible handwriting that I don’t see how anyone could have been turned on. On a side note, this made me think of a documentary I saw years ago on those gnarly Highway Safety films. They had a whole segment on what happened when they put cameras in rest rooms trying to capture vandals.

Listened to the Marc Maron interview of Cheech and Chong, it was a really good listen. Got to Castle Pass and called it a night.

I can see I-80 in the distance. The wind just came up but hopefully it won’t be too bad.

Oh, I also weighed my pack at the house today, 27 pounds with two literes of water, three days of food plus fuel.

x
12:15am
x
8:15am

x
8:21am
Freddie getting some attention
x
8:25am

x
8:59am
Dobie and Ms. Freddie
x
9:26am
In the bathroom at the Squeeze Inn

x
10:23am
Came back and there was a birthday party for me!
x
10:24am

x
10:24am
x
10:40am

x
10:41am
x
10:55am
I got a 65 Vette!

x
10:58am
Saying goodbye to Cora and Freddie
x
11:00am
With Host Mike

x
11:05am
x
11:07am
sniff

x
11:09am
x
3:07pm

x
3:58pm
And off to the PO the laptop goes again
x
4:51pm

x
4:53pm
Bird poop rock
x
6:08pm
The plane I also received for my birthday

x
6:08pm
x
6:10pm

x
6:50pm
A pipe and cap in the middle of the trail
x
7:05pm

x
7:31pm
x
8:20pm

x
8:35pm
Under I-80
x
8:35pm

x
8:37pm
x
8:50pm

x
8:51pm
x
8:51pm

x
8:53pm
Boosting TP from the same stall as my 1996 ordeal
x
8:54pm

x
8:54pm
These still exist
x
8:54pm

x
9:01pm
Someone drew a body imprint on the picnic table
x
10:22pm