Monday, May 19, 2014

Rock Inn The Road - (5/18/2014)

Mile 474.6 to mile 494.6ish
20 miles

We aren't exactly sure of our mileage today since our app doesn't measure non-PCT miles but 20 miles is what we estimate our day being. 

Today was a big road walk day for us and those are never very good for the feet. We had a 4 mile hike on the trail from where we camped to San Francisquito Valley Road. The hike to the road was pretty uneventful, just the usual up and over a mountain kinda stuff. 

There is a Ranger/Fire Staion just a little bit down the road from where the PCT crosses the road, we stopped there to fill up on water and have a bite to eat. There was a couple of other hikers there already, Lap Dog and Detour. They are very nice German ladies who I have started to teach me some German. So far all I know is 'Good Morning' and 'Good Day'. 

From the Ranger/Fire Station is where our 20 mile road walk would start. We would walk San Fracisquito Valley Road until it turned into Elizabeth Lake Road. Elizabeth Lake is not a very pretty lake but it was nice enough to have a picnic area with pit toilets which we more more than happy to see. There aren't many place to go to the bathroom on the side of the road. In the Lake Hughs area, Elizabeth Lake Road would turn into Pine Canyon Road. We happened to come across a biker bar/burger joint in Lake Hughes' called Rock Inn. It isn't the type of place we would usually go into but they had food so we risked it. :) It turned out to be a nicer place than we thought it would be. We got their special, which was a Western Bacon Cheeseburger. It was huge, messy, and delicious. On our way out of town we stopped off at Papa's Grocery Store for some ice cream, which makes any road walk better. 

Along the road we would pass many farms and ranches and would usually get greeted at the property fence by several barking dogs. The ranches would offer us views of horses, goats, chickens, llamas, pigs, and even some wolves. Mandie would take every opportunity she could to pet the horses and dogs. 

As I mentioned road walking is very tough on the feet for whatever reason. Towards the end of the day we were hobbling along the side of the road taking breaks in any shady spot we would come across. We eventually caught up to Homegirl who was also having foot issues. The three of us would walk a few more miles before finding a flat area off the side of the road to set up our tents on. 

We are now dry camping and are very very thirsty with little water with us. Not much I can so about it so we will just have to be thirsty until tomorrow when we get to Hikertown