This one was fun. When I got back on trail a heatwave was starting to roll through the area, leading all the way up to Kennedy Meadows basically. I got one final send off (IE “Fuck you”) from the desert before making my way to the Sierra through this video and the next, and while in retrospect I have good memories of it… it sucked in the moment at times. But there was some cool stuff despite all that: Walking along the LA aqueduct, windmills, Tehachapi in general, and other things.
The trail has a habit of making weird shit happen. Despite me having to leave the trail here and there a bunch of times for various reasons, I kept running into Exo. After dipping in and out of heat exhaustion, feeling nauseous and not eating, doing the night hike and hiking on a few hours of sleep.. I was a little worn out. I crawled my way through the windfarm and up the first climb back into the mountains, down into a little canyon, and there he was. He convinced me to stop hiking for the day and just recover for the rest of the day, drink a lot of water, eat a lot of food, etc. Had he not have been there I absolutely would have kept going and regretted it because there was no shade for quite a ways, whereas this place had a nice huge tree to chill out under and was right next to a stream.
Also I did not hate Hikertown. It’s a a tad strange and the owners charge if you stay the night, sure. But it had shade, chairs, and cold water that I didn’t have to filter, all of which were a godsend at that point. I found it really underwhelming after hearing so often that it’s “So weird!“, it’s just a residence with mini-buildings and chickens/roosters.
Next stop: Kennedy Meadows.