Day 36: a hot stretch toward Agua Dulce

May 20th
Total mileage: 454
Today’s mileage: 10
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By lucky chance, Six-2 and I found each other at the Acton KOA general store/club house. He had done some big miles over the past couple of days to catch up. We said farewell to our Dutch friend Claire, who was on a limited visa and was choosing to jump ahead to the High Sierras; sad to see a friend go. The KOA field was full of maybe 25 hikers. The showers and laundry were good.

Six-2 and I left Acton (mile 444) and the vortex of James & Lori’s RV. We had a hot but short day to Ague Dulce (mile 454), where we enjoyed Mexican food and fellowship with many others. Traditionally, this town was a special stop for PCT hikers, as Hiker Heaven is located here. Hiker Heaven is the name of where the Saufleys live, known as the King and Queen of Trail Angels. Unfortunately, they were closed this year for the first time in 18 years, so instead…we gathered in the town’s grocery store parking lot.
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Many famous movies have been shot here at Vaschez Rocks, including Star Trek: Generations, I believe.

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About this time, Six-2 got a little bored, hehe:

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Unrelated, but here is a list Six-2 gave me of everything he consumed today:
1L Gatorade
2 cups Moroccan tea w/cream & sugar
1 peanut butter clif bar
Wasabi almonds
1 nature valley protein bar
Small Odwalla green super food drink
2 dove ice cream bars
Small bag of Frito’s
San pellegrino pamello soda
Large piece of enchilada casserole w/sour cream
1L water
1 can Michelob ultra light beer
Banana
Croissant sandwich with mayo cheese salami
Nature valley bar
1L water
1 shot tequila
Chips & salsa
1 huge smothered burrito: shredded chicken+beans+rice+cheese
side of beans
Two glasses of water
San pellegrino grapefruit soda
3x gummy shark candies
1 bottle Stella Artois beer


EXTRA: Joe Brewer has an excellent video showing this stretch of trail from Agua Dulce (Mile 454) To Mojave (Mile 558). I highly recommend subscribing to his channel:

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