PCT Day 30 – Saturday May 13
Cleghorn Picnic Area Mile 328.1 to Cajon Pass Mile 341.9
PCT Miles Hiked Today: 13.8
Feet Ascended Today: 1890
Feet Descended Today: 2335
Current Elevation: 3132
I was on the the trail this morning shortly after 7:00 am. I ate the rest of my leftover pizza for breakfast. I’m not sure if this is the best breakfast to power me through the day today but it sure tasted good! I didn’t sleep well last night and I’m feeling more tired today – probably also because I pushed to hike so many miles yesterday.
I have a fabulous new angry blister in my left pinky toe that was hurting me yesterday. I was too tired to drain it last night, so I poked it with a safety pin this morning and it shot out white pus like a geyser. Gross. I hope it doesn’t get infected.
After leaving camp this morning, we hiked up and out of the lake area over a hill heading towards Cajon Pass. It was a 13.8 mile hike to Cajon Pass, which we reached around 2:00 pm.
Cajon Pass is really just an intersection of two freeways with some convenience stores, a McDonalds, and a Best Western. Trains and semi trucks rumble past at all hours of the night. But it’s walking distance to the PCT.
Upon arriving at Cajon Pass we headed first to the McDonalds. I don’t normally eat at McDonalds but this one is legendary as it’s only 1/4 mile from the trail. All hikers stop here and gorge on cheap greasy food. I ordered a double quarter pounder with cheese (why don’t they just call it a half pounder???), large strawberry Fanta, large fries, and a chocolate sundae with caramel sauce. And I ate it all.
Today Elise, Sevvy, Halfway and I ate lunch with an elderly Finnish gentleman who I’ve been leapfrogging the last couple of days. He doesn’t have a trail name yet – I mentioned once that I’d try to think of a trail name and ever since then he asks me about it whenever out paths cross. As we were eating lunch, he tried to drink his coffee but it was outrageously hot – too hot to drink. He made a few disappointed comments about it and even put some ice cream into his coffee to cool it down.
“How about Hot Coffee for a trail name?” I suggested. He wasn’t entirely convinced but was going to think about it. Anyway I felt absolved from trying to come up with a name.
We walked along the shoulder of the freeway off ramp to the Best Western, which is possibly one of the more dangerous activities I’ve undertaken so far on this trip. Along the way we passed a vendor selling cherries for a church fundraiser so we bought a bunch. We got two rooms at the hotel and spent the afternoon swimming in the pool and hanging out in the hot tub eating cherries. It was heavenly – even with the trucks rumbling by on the freeway and the constant trains. It was one of my most relaxing afternoons on the trail so far. We also ran into Captain Underpants, Sauce, and Ghandi at the hotel – another hiker reunion!
After dinner we all piled into one room to watch one of the Bourne movies on TV. It was fun to watch TV but also a little weird too.
I ducked out to call my mom to wish her a happy early Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day mom!