Mile 190.6 to mile 207
We passed the 200 mile marker today. Woohoo for us!!!
With coffee and breakfast in our bellies we hit the trail close to 7 am. We left Pills, what I am calling Pillsbury now, at camp to finish packing up. Everybody else that was there when we went to bed was already gone, and we wouldn't see them again today.
We had heard a lot about Fuller Ridge, which is what we hiked down today. We heard that is was this gnarly, brutal, knee crushing, 19 mile down hill section of the PCT. With this information in mind, we were expecting the worst.
As Mandie and I hiked down the mountain the spectacular views continued. The terrain was also starting to change from mountain pine trees to desert cacti. We were no longer walking on soft pine needles and dark brown dirt but instead on rocks and gray colored pebbles. The desert was fast approaching.
We eventually caught back up with Pills and we all hiked together for the rest of the day. Pills is an excellent athlete, having done several triathlons, a 50-mile race, and a 100-mile race. Her feet and shins were really hurting her today which says something about how demanding the trail is. It also explains why we were able to catch her. :P
We had discussed going an extra few miles to a Trail Angels house in Cabazon to relax and pick up our resupply box but neither of us really wanted to do more miles. We were just about to find a place to camp when Mandie decided to text her dad and see where he was and what he was up to. He just so happened to be in Cabazon and agreed to come pick us up. Twenty minutes later Mandie and I were being whisked off to Palm Springs and being put up in the Hard Rock Hotel. He even treated us to dinner. It was an awesome surprise and we thank you very very much Trail Angel Carl.
I am in an air conditioned room laying on a plush bed writing this thinking life couldn't be better. This is livin! :D
Our bodies/muscles/feet seem to have done much better today. Neither of us were in too much pain today and we hope this is the start of our bodies starting to gel.