10.3 miles hiked/6 hikers seen
Today started out with me sleeping in till 8 because I slept so badly last night with my tent malfunctioning again.
Around 9 I started hiking. I came across a crap ton of poodle dog bush (look it up if you don't know what this is) and I was super worried. I had to walk very strategically to ensure I didn't brush against any of it.
Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, my clumsy self tripped and fell into it on one side while I was avoiding it on the other side of trail.
So of course as soon as this happened I started to freak out and hyperventilate and cry. I made a post in a trail angel group and someone commented they can come get me and get me to the town to rest while I wait to see if I get any symptoms. (Fingers Crossed)
The bail out point was a forest service road approx 4.5 miles from where I was so I got to hiking and called my momma to calm me down.
When I got to where the trail meets the road I got a message from the person meeting me that the road is blocked with a gate and they can't get through.. so that meant an extra 3.2ish mile walk to get to her at the gate. My feet were already hurting from the rough terrain today so I felt a little more defeated knowing I had these extra miles ahead of me.
I thought to myself, "nothing I can do about this tho, I need to get off trail so I have no other choice except to hike these miles" and I got to trekking.
Near the end my hip was starting to hurt, but it was just achey and not a sharp pain. push through Alyssa.
Once I got to the truck Megan offered me some baby wipes to wipe the poodle dog bush off my leg and we started driving to Tehachapi.
Around 3 pm we met Abel and he drove me into town (my amazing trail angel who I stayed with last year and said I could stay with them this year despite the fact they aren't hosting other hikers till their exchange students leave in June. So I am incredibly thankful to Abel and Kim)
After I ate some enchiladas Abel came back to pick me up and take me back to the house so I can shower, do laundry and relax.
I gave Kim a big hug once I arrived and then got unstinky and put on some hiker loaner clothes while I did laundry.
Then I met their exchange students, two very sweet girls.
We ate stir-fry for dinner (yummy) and chatted a bit before we all went to sleep.
I couldn't sleep well again. I don't know what it is about being indoors right now with sleeping but I can't seem to get to sleep nicely.