I set my alarm this morning. It was warm all night long and I wanted to get an early start. I'm glad I did, because even at 6am on the trail, it was very warm. The 7 miles to Hiker Town dragged on for a while. I think it was the heat and I didn't have music to take my mind off of it. Hiker Town is located in Lancaster and is known for being one of the weirder hostels on the trail. Most of the time, trail gossip is exaggerated or just not true... Hiker Town lived up to the hype. I arrived around 10am to find Savanna, Greg and Kiwi hanging out. The place is setup just like a town, Hotel, Post Office, Jail etc. I picked up my package from the Post Office. A little while later, a lady in the Hotel starts yelling at the owner. This goes on and off for the next couple hours. At some point, she calls the cops. When the sheriff arrived, he chats with both parties then appears to hang out. The lady (who called) can't seem to camp down, and ends up getting detained and removed from the property. It was just like we were watching a tv show. The rest of the early afternoon was pretty relaxing. A trail angel, Rodney Arnold, brought some free beer and pizza for everyone hanging out. He was one nice guy. Evidentially, a hiker had tipped him $80 for a ride, only needing $8 to fill his car, he used the rest to buy the beer and pizza. Chatted with Savanna, Kiwi, Greg, Bottomless and Two-Tone for the rest of the afternoon. Around 5:00 I was back on the trail. I had great cell service so I made a couple calls home at the same time I was walking along the L.A. Aqueduct (it was only exposed for half a mile or so. It was a long hike, but the sunset was beautiful and the half moon lit up the landscape. Too bad iPhones don't take great night pics.
What 5 Liters of water looks like.