Monday, April 4, 2016

PCT MM500 to MM517, to Hikertown

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Looks quite different in various sections. 

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It was a long way down the mountain. There were more poppies on my hike than on our walk at the poppy reserve. 

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Lots more down with a pot of gold in the distance. 

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The gold is poppies, the yellow flowers are more abundant.

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On the right above at the base of the mountain line in the green streak is Hikertown, my objective. It’s only about .5 mile from here. There seems to be a lot of uphill to go down. The last 9 miles were worse than the first 7. I got to Hikertown (MM517) by 1715. Nice shower and clean clothes. I got my resupply box and picked the best items for a 4 day hike leaving at least three days of rations in the hiker box. I could have continued without a resupply. I slept with two hikers from Australia in the lounge (garage) on one of the three sofas. At Hikertown I met Cody and Matthew from Sydney Australia, Bob the caretaker and Rusta Bob’s dog. Tortoise and Dump Truck came in later in the evening and are section hikers that were starting the section from Hikertown to Hwy 58. They enjoyed an old trailer outside for their night.  I actually slept almost identically to on trail using my pack as a backrest because there was a mouse running around the room.

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