10.3 miles (Mile 200.5 – 210.8)
PCT Mile 200.5 – Ziggy and the Bear
We awoke to an amazing sunrise and another one of them stinkin’ rainbows! ;) It was really pretty. What a great way to wake up!
We got packed up and started our hike downhill. We went downhill for what seemed like forever, watching the windmill farm and Interstate 10 creep closer and closer. We finally reached the flats – finally we could cruise – well, except that is was tough and slow-going with a strong headwind and soft sand. Ugh! Oh well… we could smell civilization ahead. That pulled us along just fine.
We reached I-10 where the PCT passes underneath. There we found some sweet trail magic! There was water, a hiker register, coolers full of sodas and beers, and signs for us to all write messages. It was fun reading them – we recognized most of the names.
About a mile further down the trail we approached some famous PCT trail angels who open there home to us stinky bunch of hikers – Ziggy & the Bear. We walked into the fenced-in back yard and before we even had our packs off our backs, there were chairs with foot baths waiting for us! What a wonderful place!
We also met Adam here… so as I soaked my tired feet, he rubbed my back. I’m a pretty spoiled-rotten hiker!
We charged electronics, showered, Rachel got in on the group Burger King run, I swapped out my stanky clothes for fresh ones (thanks, Adam!), and we talked with other hikers… there was a lot of talk about all of our wet, cold hike experiences over Fuller Ridge… we sll described it with smiles on our faces and laughs to go with it!
Adam then drove Rachel and I into town for some delicious date shakes from Hadley’s in Cabazon. They kinda just tasted like caramel, but they were really good! Then we stuffed ourselves on a Mexican dinner and came back to Ziggy & the Bear’s to sleep. All three of us are cowboy camped under a canopy in the back yard with about 15 other hikers.
In the morning we fill up food resupply, take care of a few more chores and hit the dirt again. Next stop… Big Bear City.