As we get ready for sleep we are 22 miles west of Lancaster. Which made me wonder how Hikertown has a Lancaster address.
It turns out the address dates back to a developer with big plans back around Arnold’s stint as governor.
The development fell through (lack of proper preparation, water rights, etc.) but the address remains.
The hikers we spent the day with after hiking in are hiking out. ~10 headed out to evening/night hike the aqueduct NOBO.
But what is Hikertown? They were having public hearings on the project and it came up that no one had actually bought the land involved.
So someone did. There was a house on it.
When it all fell through the guy ended up living in the house for a bit. Woke up to a huge “homeless” encampment on it one morning. Goes out to talk with them. Some of them look too young and healthy to have given up.
So he tries to encourage the two Stanford students not to despair and they explain the PCT to him. So he sets up six water spigots. It grows from there.
Now it has flags from many countries including Brazil and Greece, old west flavored buildings, a couple of caretakers and a new one planned to go in where the PCT reroute is planned.
As for us, we are resting and taking a zero tomorrow.
Then on to Acton.
Hikertown is 2137.6. Acton is 2210.9.
73.3 miles. Or about four 18 mile days.
2157 has water and the Sawmill campground. But that is 20 miles.
Obviously still thinking as we continue SOBO towards Paradise Valley Cafe.
San Jacinto report—the place we are watching to prepare for conditions to the south.