Mile 152: A white paradise!

UPDATE 21/4: Ive added some photos inline below!

So here I am sitting in a hotel in Idyllwild. Why in a hotel? Well yesterday it snowed about 8 inches at 5000 feet…

Since my last post I only walked about 5 miles till I found a campsite. It was a good day, having spent the morning in the community center and only having walked 10 miles that day. I lit a fire and had a wonderful evening with the Niko, Liane and Jules.

The following day I ended up turning a 15 mile day into a 22!
Before you say that was a terrible idea, carry on. The campsite we planned on using was really exposed and had a biting wind with absolutely no protection. So then I decided that camping at 3500 feet is much better than 5000 feet. The next 2 hours I went 5.5 miles! That’s probably averaging above 3 miles an hour or like 6 – 7 Km per hour! That nights sleep was great though, I was exhausted and only woke up a few times… One of the primary reasons I pushed so hard was that yesterday I had only 15 miles to a juicy burger!

I arrived at paradise corner cafe in the pouring rain. I didn’t put my waterproof pants on before the downpour, so I arrived fairly drenched! Luckily they were really hospitable and I was able to dry off a little and warm up.

5 minutes after I arrived it started snowing!! Now to say I wasn’t ready for snow would be an understatement, I was soaked and snow just made me cold. So thanks for all the prayer I could really see God in that one. I only pray for the people I left behind that I know spent the night in that snow.

Soon after I arrived, Maria a German lady came in behind. Soon after we made a plan get to Idyllwild and stay the night at a hotel and split the bill. The PCT goes from 5000 feet at the cafe to 8000 feet. Going on was not an option. They have a huge discount for PCT hikers, and with a warm comfortable bed was well worth the money!

Some of the beatiful carvings on display in Idyllwild

Now, everything is dry, I’ve picked up some more food and may hitch further and maybe skip the San Jacinto mountains altogether… In all i’ll probably skip some 60 miles. This places me well ahead of schedule for meeting Dan, and can take some really slow days.

Here’s a photo of the snow from outside our room.

12 Comments

  • David

    April 14, 2012

    Smart move!

  • Rebecca Parry

    April 15, 2012

    Amazing journey, Steve! I’ve just joined your blog and have read from the beginning now. You’re being stretched physically, mentally & spiritually. God is faithful and with you every step of the way. “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” (Eccl 12:1). You can still call yourself ‘youth’ if certain ANCYL people do!

  • Cathi

    April 15, 2012

    The Albertyn/Everatt family all envious. Sounds like the experience of a lifetime! Looking forward to reading more.

  • Charles Parry

    April 15, 2012

    Good to read your blog. Hope it warms up today and you can get on the road tomorrow. I did a training run with your Dad this morning up to Kirstenbosch and he filled me in on your desert experience with a shortage of water. Sounds like you are experiencing diverse conditions in terms of terrain and weather. Hope the Tsitsikamma trail training in January comes in use!

  • Ross

    April 15, 2012

    Bet you’re wishing you took my advice on those gaiters… :p

    • Steve

      April 15, 2012

      Nah, most people don’t have, they tie their rain pants round their boots… Works just as well. 🙂

  • Daniel

    April 15, 2012

    Sho! Wouldn’t have expected that so late in the season! Nicely done 🙂 ps – if you’re way ahead of schedule I can probably come up sooner.

  • Steve

    April 15, 2012

    Just picked Steve up along the highway in Idyllwild, ca. Drive him to black mountain trail so he could continue on. Picked up another Pct hiker from Germany and gave her a ride as well. Both were in good condition with good spirits. They are continuing on the trail on a nice sunny day!

    • Steve

      April 17, 2012

      Hey steve!

      Thanks so much for that again!

      Everyone: this guy was going the other direction but took his time to lift us 8 miles the other way to black mountain trail head!

  • Blake Coetzee

    April 16, 2012

    Hey Steve,

    It’s Blake from New Jersey. You may think I’m crazy with the “New Jersey” part but I’m not kidding. We went to New York yesterday and it was totally the opposite of what you went through. I really miss you and I wish you good luck on the rest of your journey.

    K.I.T
    Blake

    P.S. Did you believe in magic?

  • PAULINE SUDDARDS

    April 16, 2012

    Hi well done so far that snow can be a bugger! can’t it. Take care of yourself Mr Red Frog! Photos look great

    Pauline

  • Ryno

    April 21, 2012

    Hey Steve

    I’m another saffa attempting the pct this year.
    Starting in Campo tomorrow.

    Good luck! Might see you at kick off if you are
    hitching back.

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