Today Zac got a ride from a trail angel named David who lives in Idyllwild up to Cabazon. His plan is to leap frog ahead of the trail north and hike south giving the snow some time to melt. The thru hikers who make it over the pass might leave a good tail in the snow as well. Before heading to Interstate 10 he had a little lunch at Burger King. He ate a Whopper Jr., A-1 steak burger, a chicken sandwich and a Dr. Pepper. I guess if he had gotten a full size Whopper it might make him look like a glutton. He began the 4 mile hike to the HWY 10 from Cabazon when he was picked up by a guy named Tim who was going in that direction. Zac said that he was a really nice guy who was on his way to buy a watch for his son’s birthday. The beginning of the trail he said was very flat. He saw many wind turbines and was enjoying the easy grade. His elevation was 1300 feet there. By the time he set up camp for the night he had climbed to 6800 feet.
Last time I talked to him he was getting ready to go to sleep. The wind was so strong he was afraid his tent would get damaged. The temperature was so cold he could not stand to be outside long enough to cook any dinner so he had a few power bars and was crawling into his sleeping bag. Tomorrow he will decide if he is going to try to make Fuller Ridge or not. He said he had spoken to a thru hiker earlier and was told that Fuller Ridge was in bad shape as far as the trail is concerned. I guess we will have to wait and see.
I received a photo card from Zac today that has video and pictures. I will try my best to figure out how to add some of these to the blog. The videos were amazing. He wanted me to mention some of the people he had met along the way. Their names are: Uncle Tom, The Mayor, Psycho, Apricots, Train, and Axilla. There are more, but these are the ones he could remember at the moment.