Today started out really well. I got up earlier then usual and beat Roy for being ready for the first time yet. We started hiking by around 7am.
Holy am I feeling the extra weight of water on my back. Need enough to get to the ranger station where they have a spigot for hikers to fill their water up.
Unfortunately, I tweaked my foot about 2 miles in and I knew I shouldn't hike anymore. I think it was because of the extra added water weight and the terrain was very sketchy for my footing while walking.
The dilemma now is that I'm in the middle of nowhere with not an easy spot to get a pick up from an angel. So I sat down and tried to plan my exit. 1.8 miles ahead I saw that the trail crosses a dirt road. Now I needed to find out if that road was accessible via a vehicle for someone to come get me. I spent about an hour and a half figuring out the logistics of this plan, but thankfully succeeded and was able to get a ride from the road.
Time to walk to the road. I dumped my water to make it nicer for my foot (please for the love of god I hope this person shows up otherwise I have no water now)
We arrived at the road and I sent my coordinates out to the person and they showed up about an hour later with a little red tractor type vehicle with a little trailer platform for us to sit on.
They took us to their house that was out of Acton and offered us water and coke and we rested and chatted for a bit outside. THEN, one of their three dogs came out, who was a border collie and I got lots of cuddles and gave lots of pets. Now this was turning out to be a good day. Dogs make everything better.
After that we loaded our packs and gear into their car and got ready to get dropped off at the KOA in Acton which is where we had planned to get to for my box and a pool and tent camping.
However, before we left they offered to make us some authentic quesadillas with my favourite cheese from Oaxaca. Well I couldn't pass up on that and I ate 6 of them. RIP my tummy. I also tried pickled cactus for the first time and that was delicious.
Once we got dropped off I saw Jess again and we chatted a bit. Then I went in the pool for a bit, we ordered pizza (from the same place that didn't show up before) and then I chatted with other hikers for a while before bed. We swapped some of our poop stories and they agreed that mine takes the cake.
Sleep will be interesting tonight. The KOA is right next to train tracks and a highway so already we knew it would be a rough night of sleeping.