Start: Mile 369.3 Inspiration Point – Hwy 2
End: Mile 374 Vincent Gap – Hwy 2
I had spent the night in Wrightwood and had re-supplied for the next four days. I was up at 5:10am and out on the highway with my thumb out by 5:45am. Luckily a nice lady picked me up and dropped me off at Inspiration Point where I would rejoin the PCT. At 6:05am I was hiking up the trail – it was another beautiful morning.
I had been hiking the past week from Big Bear Lake to Wrightwood without Donna. She had her knee surgery yesterday and was home recovering. I have solo backpacked many times so was comfortable being out here by myself but something was missing. This dream of OURS of hiking the PCT was supposed to be FOUR FEET. As my two feet hiked this morning I realized that two feet were missing. I could either try to hike the trail solo or wait for Donna to heal and continue to hike it together. By 8am I had decided I was going home.
Soon I was crossing Highway 2 again – this time at Vincent Gap. I took my pack off at the side of the highway and waited for a car to come by heading back towards Wrightwood. Not one car came by in the next hour so I road-walked the three miles back to Inspiration Point.
Shortly after arriving Cowboy John drove up. He is the Wrightwood Trail Angel that had picked me up yesterday and driven me into Wrightwood. My plan was to hitch back to Wrightwood, then hitch back to Cajon Pass where I hoped I could Uber home (90 minutes).
When I explained Donna’s situation and what I was trying to do, Cowboy John offered to drive me all the way home!!! Is that amazing!!! Two hours later I was at home.
Thank You Cowboy John – you are amazing!!!
Donna and I had hoped to hike the entire 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in one continuous thru-hike. It wasn’t meant to be.
Our plan now is to section hike the trail over the next several years. We hope that we’ll be back out on the trail later this summer.
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