2822 feet up
3287 feet down
Total Miles Hiked
Hours Spent Hiking
6 hours 3 minutes
The Best Part?
🌟Hiking through 5+ miles of Joshua Tree forest
What Did I Learn?
👉The down is really hurting my left knee.
May 2, 2023
PCT Trail Journal: Day 21 Bird Spring Pass to Kelso Road
The wind was howling all night. I’m glad I had spot around the corner. A few folks were cowboy camping. It started raining a bit in the middle of the night and I felt bad for them.
I got up around 6 and did my thing. Having coffee in my tent is lovely. Totally worth it!
I hit the trail at 8 am and planned on going 15 miles to the Kelso Road water cache. There was a moderate climb up and the views of other mountains and the desert floor were outstanding. You could see that the hillsides were covered with wildflowers 🌼.
The trail was covered in deep sand. It made it a lot harder and think this may have made me slower. That or I was tired from 21 miles yesterday. It felt pretty hard today.
Then I entered a massive Joshua Tree forest and it was amazing. There were Joshua Trees and wildflowers galore. I loved hiking through this section.
For lunch, I wanted to find a nice spot to chill for 1.5 hours. There was a perfect picnic table but it was too cold. So much for a long break!
There was a huge down for almost 5 miles and my knee was unhappy. Every step hurt. The down was especially bad. I got to the water cache around 2:30 and was so happy to get off my knee.
Someone left fruit at the water cache! I ate some and it was so good. Then I realized it probably was for someone else. Oops. Sorry. It was delicious.
I was so thankful for the fruit because I realized I didn’t pack enough food. I have 3 days worth of meals and not a lot of snacks. This means I need to get to Tehachapi on Friday. I hope I can do it.
I also realized I didn’t download enough books to listen to. Jeeze, I’m a mess!
The Swedish couple I rode to Walker Pass with arrived around 4:30 and we hung out. Dan fixed my backpack poles by creating splints with sticks, supergluing the sticks around the broken poles and then taping them. I hope it feels better on my back! Spoiler alert: it felt amazing. Thank you Dan!
Then I laid down at the wonderful time of 7pm. I’m worried about my knee. I hope it feels better tomorrow 🤞🤞🤞
✨3 Things I’m Grateful For
1. Joshua Tree forests
2. Dan, guy from Sweden, who Mcgyvered my poles on my backpack
3. Wildflowers 🌼
✨3 Things I’m Excited About
1. Getting new poles for my backpack frame
2. Town food in Tehachapi
3. Getting stronger/in better hiking shape
🌟How Was Today? Did I enjoy it?
Yes, in terms of the trail. The last 6 miles didn’t feel great on my knee. Especially the down. Why is something always breaking on me?
⛺How Was My Gear?
It was cold today (high of 47) and my warm clothes kept me warm.
💪How did my Body Feel?
Left knee (inner part) was not happy today. It was talking to me on each step.
🍴How was my food situation?
I did not pack enough snacks or meals. I have 50 miles and only 3 days of food (with very little snacks and I love snacks).
🤔What did I learn and how will I action it?
Need to keep an eye on my knee. Today did not feel good.
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