My pack is broken… See below.
It was a Sunday morning. In hindsight, not the best time to hitch. There weren’t many cars going past, and most of those were woman (who as a rule don’t pick up male hitch hikers) and people in their antique cars out for a Sunday drive.
After 30 minutes I moved to a shady spot. Road walking the 5.1 miles to Inspiration Point is too dangerous, so I get ready for a long hitch. After another 20 mins, a couple in an old mini-pickup pull over and ask how far I need to go and to hop into the bed! It was a wild ride. I now have an oil stain on one leg. Adds character. 😉
Inspiration Point: so named because on one side you can see the Mojave Desert, and the other the ocean. A waitress said in the evening you can see the lights on Catalina Island. At least on a clear day, which it wasn’t today.
I was maybe 3 miles up the trail to Baden Powell when I just had to inspect my pack. It didn’t feel right or carry correctly on the left side. I found the channel in the hip-belt where it connects to the frame was ripping away from the frame!
- Monday: order the new hip-belt from Z-Packs to be overnighted.
- Tuesday: receive the belt, disassemble pack and install
- Wednesday: get a ride out first thing in AM back to trail
We’ll see if I can make that timetable.
Here is a view of the ocean from the Point. Can you see it? It’s there! Trust me. 😉