Big Bear City area
Pacific Crest Trail Quest '08 - Page 4
5.17.08
Today was an easy walk of twenty miles.  It was mostly through an old burn, so there
wasn't much shade, but I was up high enough to avoid the heat.

The last five miles of the hike were the best.  I came out of the burn into a very pretty pine
forest, and one of the hotels in Big Bear City had left a bribe at a trailhead trying to attract
hikers.  I passed a road two miles before my campsite and there on the shoulder were
coolers full of bananas and Pepsi, along with business cards.  It was great!  I ate and
drank my fill before heading off to camp with several other hikers who had done the same.

I'm hoping to split a hotel room in town with some other hikers tomorrow.  My clothes
could use a good washing, and it's been a while since I've had a shower.
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Sunday, May 18

I feel great!  I've hiked over
270 miles so far - that's one
tenth of the way!
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5.18.08
I walked an easy 10 miles into the town of Big Bear City.  There was another food cache at
the road left by a motel.  This one had sodas and candy bars.  It's Sunday, and I have mail
to pick up, so I got a hotel room and spent the day relaxing.

I bought a smaller pack.  The one I have is too big, and lets my stuff rub together as I walk.
 I've already worn a hole in my tent.  I also bought an alcohol stove to save weight.  I've
heard they're very picky, so it might be interesting.
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Cool mountain stream
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5.19.08
I managed to get out of Big Bear City by 12:30.  My stomach was full and I had no trouble
hitching to the trailhead.  I hiked six miles with great views of Big Bear Lake and snow
capped mountains in the distance.

I crossed a gravel road at about 3:30 where a sign said the trail was closed ahead and
directed hikers down the road.  I walked the road until 8:00.  There are signs occasionally
telling me I'm still on course, and I can see the tracks of other hikers, but I have no idea
how far it is to the trail.

I stopped for the night where a small spring was flowing out of hte road.  It least I'll have
water in the morning.

I really like my new backpack.  My alcohol stove is a lot slower than my old one, but weighs
a pound less.  I'll try it for a while and, hopefully, get used to it.
5.19.08
I managed to get out of Big Bear City by 12:30.  My stomach was full and I had no trouble
hitching to the trailhead.  I hiked six miles with great views of Big Bear Lake and snow
capped mountains in the distance.

I crossed a gravel road at about 3:30 where a sign said the trail was closed ahead and
directed hikers down the road.  I walked the road until 8:00.  There are signs occasionally
telling me I'm still on course, and I can see the tracks of other hikers, but I have no idea
how far it is to the trail.

I stopped for the night where a small spring was flowing out of hte road.  It least I'll have
water in the morning.

I really like my new backpack.  My alcohol stove is a lot slower than my old one, but weighs
a pound less.  I'll try it for a while and, hopefully, get used to it.
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