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Off Trail

No I am not off trail, still making my way through the snow of Northern California. While I had no time in between resupply points and zero days I will try to explain some of my experiences while not hiking.

I came off Sonora Pass early at around 8 a.m. and got a ride down the pass 25 minutes later. To gentleman who where backcountryskiing in the Sierra Nevada where so kind and stopped their car for me. At that point I had planned to catch a bus from Bridgeport further up north to South Lake Tahoe to receive a mailing which I sended there. Both where from Seattle so they offered my to take me further north into Carson City which was just 30 miles from SLT. Even better for me. At the first stop at Cevrons I bought a liter of Mountain Dew and a pint of Ben&Jerrys for the next 100 miles. In Carson City we had no idea where the bus would leave so they stopped at a casino and asked. We found it but there was no shedule hanging out so we went back to the casino to get a phone number. They stopped over an hour for figuring out how I can make it to SLT today. Both of them gave me their phone number in case something is not working out or I want to get in contact further up in Washington. At 15:30 I got my busride. Even I was a little bit nervous because the bus was 15 minutes late.

It was July the 4th when I came in to SLT. The streets where busy and I was not able to find a motel room for a normal price. I walked 4 hours around town, not even the campsite. I thought about stealth camping at the lake-site but people where everywhere and I was too tired to get out of town again. At least I found a motel-room which was worth the money at this point. The best breakfast place in town was just across the street which was even better. I could get in contact with my danish friends, Anders parents invited my to their cabin, we had great dinner in town and breakfast the day after. We had a good time at their backportch drinking the one and the other beer, talking about fixed-gear bikes and skateboarding which was very welcome for me after talking about river crossings and snowlevels for weeks. Anders father, Lars gave us a ride back where I left the trail at Sonora Pass 3 days ago. We planned on stocking a food cache in echo lake but the road was still closed. So we had to make a new plan. We knocked at an random door on Highway 50 to ask if we can store our boxes for a few days. Mike opened the door and he seemed like that it is the most normal thing in the world to ask. When we arrived at the pass I was tired from the drive and it was allready dark. I made a bad mistake and forgot to close my hipbelt pocket where my wallet was in. I realised that 2 minutes too late and anders father was back down the road allready. Of course no cellphone service. The next morning we had to hitch back into bridgeport which is 30 miles away. We got a ride quick, had breakfast in town and called Anders parents. They found the wallet in the car and we texted them the adress where to send it. Got a ride back on the pass and started our hike at about noon. When we came back to Mikes house on Highway 50 Mike was not at home but he left a message on the front door. He left also the front door open for us without knowing us.

3 responses

  1. Are you still doing the whole PCT? Let me know if you need any support in the Central Oregon area. Glad to help!

    15. July 2011 at 21:57

    • matthiaskodym

      Sure I do🙂

      Thanks Chuck, thats nice to know.

      15. July 2011 at 22:04

  2. Keep on walking (and posting of course)!

    20. July 2011 at 20:16

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