Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 13, 2011

Start: 1018
End: 1024

Today I did the usual town stuff including eating a large breakfast, posting my journal, and buying food for the next leg of the hike to Echo Pass. I also was able to coordinate with my cousin David to hike a couple days with him this coming Friday and Saturday!

After getting the errands out of the way, 12 Ounce and I started trying to hitch. It took us a while to get a ride, and when we did it ended up being with two guys that work at Heavenly ski resort, the same place 12 Ounce works! They work on the Nevada side in a different area so they didn't actually know each other, but still a fun coincidence. They were able to take us as far as the junction between 395 and 108, which left us in need of another ride. After about 10 minutes, a guy pulled over in his car and said he would give us a ride, but he didn't know if his car would make it all the way up the pass because he was low on gas. His car also happened to be full of lots of boxes and it didn't look like there was room for us plus our backpacks. In the end he decided to turn around and get gas in Bridgeport, but said he would still give us a ride of we were there when he got back. About 5 minutes later another car pulled over and it happened to be the parents of another thru hiker who were taking their son and a friend back up to the trail, so we were able to squeeze in with them.

We didn't make it to the trailhead until about 4pm and were only able to get in about 6 miles before deciding to set up camp for the night. It leaves us with some bigger miles to do tomorrow in order to make it to Hwy 4 to meet up with David, but it should be doable.

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