After my dinner at Carl’s Jr next door, I met Richard, who was sitting out on the chair provided outside each of our rooms. He’s a veteran (navy, Vietnam) on motorcycle, joining an annual rally ride to Washington DC that starts in San Francisco. 1500 bikers (that is, motorcycles) join in over 3 routes, to finally meet on Memorial Day in Washington DC. Richard is from Louisiana, and recommended Cajun food like fried fish, shrimp, and etoufee (sp?) when I get to the gulf coast, there. Thank you for your service, Richard.
The 5 am breakfast at the motel is tailor-made for cyclists hoping to attack the desert before it gets hot. I hope to leave at dawn tomorrow. The first 30 miles are a gentle uphill, and if I can make it to the precipice before it gets super hot, I should be in good shape.
This evening, I got enough food to last the day, since there will be 70 miles without food or water. In fact, I have enough so that if I can’t make the whole distance, I can wild camp by the side of the road, and resume the next day. Going to bed now. Pray for me if you do, or at least wish me luck.
glad the prices are still reasonable. were you riding the paint on the beat up road?
I’m thinking of those water Flags in the desert. Is there a way to indicate that the water has been used so that it can be restocked?
The one I saw was completely full; box of 6 gallon jugs. Maybe someone regularly checks?
I know that on the southern part of the PCT (maybe up to Kennedy Meadows, which I gather is the start of the Sierra) there are trail angels who leave caches of water for the thru-hikers, at least early in the season. (90% of PCT thru-hikers hike it from Mexico north to Canada; 10% hike it the reverse direction.) Even so, those water caches can run out. I’m surprised to learn that they also exist off-trail. Maybe a different kind of angel (highway angel?) maintains the caches.
It’s also really close to the Mexican border wall, so it could be out of compassion for people trying to sneak in who get stranded. Or honeypots that the ICE monitors.
UPDATE: The official Southern Tier route changed, and what was the Yuha Alternate is now the standard route. Except that now, the route goes straight on hwy 98 all the way to hwy 111, bypassing Seeley completely.