Day 35 & 36: Zero and Nero

Day 35 (Saturday, May 21): Zero day at the campground. I had to stick around to play candy bingo of course!

Day 36 (Sunday, May 22): Mi 510 to Hikertown (mi 517.6), 7.6 miles. (up/down: +912/-1886ft)

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Goodbye green, hello Mojave

I was fighting myself in what to do to get around the Powerhouse Fire Closure. Start right where the trail opens back up or to skip to Hikertown. I finally and reluctantly decided to meet in the middle…to get dropped off about 7 miles before Hikertown. I would have liked to do all of it, but transportation was turning out to be more of a pain then a blessing and my feet were still giving me a little but of a hard time. I figure some day in like 20 years I’ll return with my kids and do all the sections (I.e. Closures) I missed.

I was bummed to have missed the pancakes at Casa de Luna, but thankfully my mom whipped me up some for breakfast. I was then able to fully catch up on blogging. We left early afternoon for the trail with a stop at Del Taco for lunch. I can never get enough churros! It was interesting to see the solar panel farms taking over the desert.

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I hit trail around 2:20 and walked through the last bit of green I would see for a while. My feet were not completely happy with me, but the extra day and a half of rest sure did help my ankles and shin splints – no more tingly feet.

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I pulled into the infamous Hikertown around 4:40. It seemed deserted as I walked along the fence to the gate; I saw no activity and no hikers. Once I walked in the gate, I was happy to see I wasn’t the only one there. Everyone was tucked away hiding from the wind.

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I made my rounds around the property and the various “rooms”: the doctor’s office, city hall, feed store, etc. All had their unique creepy and dirty feel complete with fake guns, costumes, and some mannequins. I found the least creepy option, having none of the above: a trailer with two beds and a somewhat effective locking door (that is if you tie it from the inside). I then settled in at city hall for some rest, cover from the wind, people watching and conversation.

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More hikers trickled in. We waited to see who would take the doctor’s office…The most sketchy option. Smiles, whom my mom gave a ride to and helped find me at Casa de Luna, arrived and I saved him from the doctor’s office offering him the second bed in the trailer. I also waited for a ride in the dilapidated van to the gas station. Unfortunately, I missed all 4 attempts. Just as I arrived, a group had just left. While I was resting a group left with out my knowing. I found Bob and asked him to find me before the next group left. I watched from city hall, but when I went into the trailer to grab something, another group had left. When they returned, a couple other hikers and I asked to go, but by now the store had closed-bummer! I guess on the bright side I saved some money and on that note it was time for bed!

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