PCT Day 8: California Soul; music is a rockin'
Day 8 5-26-2015 Sleep 2200-400
|Not that is how you start|
The sunrise this morning was amazing above a valley inversion. The trail was nice pine needley dirt engulfed in huge pine trees. I felt like I was in heaven. When “California Soul” came on my shuffle, I turned it loud and got proud with my
soul. I miss Cali.
I reminisced about living in the bay area a few years ago as the trail
continued a long the ridge all day right next to the Angeles Crest
highway. I took a break in one of the
parking lots as the trail crossed the road and was about to head up a big
climb. I dried my feet good and got to
chat with a few other hikers. When it
was time to move again, I felt refreshed.
I was powering up the climb. I
could look up and see a beautiful Sun Dog or 22° halo.
There is a song by Lord Huron called “In the Wind” and there is a ski edit titled “Sun Dog”(Sun Dog Video if you got a minute) that
uses the song, that we (My skimo partner) and I highly enjoy. We often sing the words as we are losing our
minds on the longer days as a joke or mood lifter. Well the song came on my shuffle. I couldn’t help but be instantly teleported
to the Wasatch mountains covered in snow.
I felt numb and couldn’t tell if I was walking uphill in the snow with
skis on my feet or hiking the PCT.
Didn’t matter. I just started
crying and moving faster, I was numb.
What an experience, I live for these moments! I reached the top of the hill, sobered up and
got back to business. Nothing like
5-10-15 minutes of free, easy, no effort movement to get me further up the
trail. I cruised along the crest the
rest of the day. I didn’t hate on the
road walk that was part of the detour.
Most times I would get upset that I was walking along the road. Especially when you are on such a beautiful
trail and then you get plopped out next to cars with their exhaust and inconsiderate
drivers. I mean I know there is a double
yellow line, but there isn’t another car on the road for miles. I think you could scooch over and give me
more than just a foot of space as you wiz past me doing 40 mph. Enough about fatties who never ran a day in
their lives. I was exhausted when the
sun went down, but on a downhill. I
tried to just keep the mojo going, but faded.
I ate, brushed my teeth and passed out right next to the road.
"Like a sound you hear
That lingers in your ear
But you can't forget
From sundown to sunset
It's all in the air
You hear it everywhere
No matter what you do
It's gonna grab a hold on you"
|Perfect Pine Needley Forest Trail|
"You've been in the wind, you've been on my mind
You are the purest soul I've ever known in my life"
-In The Wind, finally got the lyrics
|Musics rockin' and I'm high as you'd like|
|Sorry, the day just kind of faded too:-/|