I am so happy to be back on trail again. I was laid up in Idyllwild for twelve full days waiting to hike again. Idyllwild was such a special place. We were well taken care of by the community, daily foot rubs, surprise visits and food. Anne and I were even invited for a home-cooked meal and evening indoors by two wonderful women we met. As good as it was I became incredibly restless and frustrated. I felt as if I would never heal and the thought of leaving the trail and trying again Southbound in July devastated me.
I am feeling strong once again and carried on with Anne who had also been recovering in town. The climb out of Idyllwild was steep and brutal, we hiked over the mountain over the course of two days, camped at a water source and this morning hitchhiked into Cabazon. We are parked at a Starbucks, charging our devices and drinking real, fresh brewed coffee which is thrilling. This place is a fast food Mecca and we are looking forward to In & Out burgers and maybe a pizza before we hitch back to our underpass to continue on the trail.
Anne is an amazing hiking partner. We are going at the same pace due to losing out trail legs on our time off. She is from Cologne, Germany and I have been delighted by her company. Her positivity has really helped me through the challenges of the past few days. We have broken 200 miles and are well on our way to making up some of the ground we lost in our time off and potentially even catching up to some familiar faces.