Day 176: Lizard Homework Series Day 9

The day started with an hour long drive from Temecula, CA down to Barrel Spring (where the PCT crosses S22. We arrived at the trail about 9:15am and I was hiking by 9:30am. My mother-in-law was already there, she was meeting up with my mother and they were heading down to Borrego Springs for the day.

I hiked south on the trail from here, starting with a bit of a climb. I noticed the temperature was starting to raise and with little shade available in this section it was clear that it was going to be a very hot day. Fortunately, with the benefit of a day pack I was able to carry about 4 liters of water which was enough to get me to Scissors Crossing, about 24 miles away. I found out from my mother-in-law, who was waiting at the highway with my mother, that the temperature was over 100 degrees F. I told her I believed her after hiking in the heat all day. We all hopped in the car and headed down to Borrego Springs for the night.

Tomorrow, I have just 18 miles from Scissors Crossing to reach the Sunrise Trailhead which will complete my steps for the entire trail. I can’t believe it will be completely done, finally. I can’t wait to see my wife and dog again! The plan is to try and beat the heat and get an earlier start than I got today. It takes about 30 minutes to get back up to Scissors Crossing from Borrego Springs so we are going to try and leave the house by 6am so I can be hiking by 6:30am instead of 9:30am. This should give me a few decent hours before the heat of the day sets in, and with less miles to go I am hoping I can finish well before the 5:30pm finish time I posted for today’s 24 miles. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Godspeed.

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