Mile 425 at the Ranger Station to mile 445
|Rock formations along the trail|
Eight miles into the day was the last water of the day at a KOA .2 off trail. Rumor had it there was shower and a swimming pool. There was about eight of us milling around in the shade eating ice cream looking longingly at the beautiful blue water of the swimming pool.
After ice cream I took a quick shelter-everybody figured we shouldn't turn the pool water brown with our hiker funky-ness. Did a little hiker laundry in the sink and then with a bit of a run and a jump it was into the pool.
|Some of the guys enjoying the hot tub|
It was ten miles of hot and exposed trail with no water to look forward too. The guide book said there were at most two trees for shade. The first four miles were mostly uphill too just to make things more challenging.
Four miles from town there was a drainage tunnel under an interstate. It was nice and cool in there. I took a short break in there, but with only four miles to go, I didn't want to linger long.
My KOA water ran out almost as soon as I hit the pavement. Not long after that a pick up truck full of hikers pulled over. It was being driven by L-Rod, the women in charge of the Hiker Heaven-my home for the next two nights. Super Girl, Tommy, and I piled into the truck for the short drive up the hill to the Saufley's.