Getting Swallowed Up by the Man Eating Trail

Day 5. Thursday, July 26, 2007

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Start: Rock Creek

Miles Hiked: 19.0

Stop: Road 38N10

(N 41 08.279, W 121 46.295)

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Last night was a pretty good sleep, but my hips are starting to bother me more. We woke at about 6:15, and it was cool outside (nice). We started hiking by 6:50. The night before we had pumped plenty of water, so we started fast.

The first goal was Peavine creek, 10 miles. The trail here is a lot like trails around southern California.

We passed a PCTer! Very rare. Her name was Hiker Jan. Later we talked to her when she passed us back at lunch. Her real name is Janice Myer, and she has a book coming out about the JMT. She is a retried mom doing the PCT by herself. Amazing.

We are feeling good. We crossed a gravel road. I looked at the map and due to the short time spent hiking, I believed we have at least 30 minutes still to go to get to Peavine creek. So we hiked for at least another 45 minutes before realizing that we passed Peavine creek. That is, our new hiking speed caused us to miss the only water spot for the next 15 miles. We ate lunch with Hiker Jan, and then we had to backtrack to get water. Peavine creek was at the gravel road crossing, and it was just a trickle of water.

At Peavine, we tanked up with 6 litters of water. After Peavine, lots of uphill, it was hot, so we took a nap in the late afternoon. Did some more miles after the nap.

My body is working great. I am really happy. Its been a great day. The views are note all that spectacular, except as we come around some bends, we get to see Mt. Shasta, which is amazing.

We stopped a little early tonight that gave us more time to attend to our bodies. I had two dinners.

After dinner, another PCTer came by. Her name was “Two Dogs”. She started 100 miles north of the place we did last year.

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Rock Creek. Its easy to see why its named Rock Creek. We camped here.
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Typical Scenes in this section.
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Its amazing how the forest can be cleared for mankind's stuff.
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Shasta is constantly with us.
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More of Shasta. I don't think that cut through the mountains was our trail.
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This section is known for its well covered ground.
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Nice.
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A not-so-typical, but welcome sign.
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Hiking past the sign with confidence.
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This section was really dense and overgrown.
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We got to hike through trees like this far more than indicated by our pictures.
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Burned. This is not typical of most of the hike.
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Just an example of the many, many flowers we saw.
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Shasta late in the day.
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A typical camp. We only put up the tent of the bugs bothered us too much, which worked out to be about every other day.