In Greenville I got a sandwich and bread and meat for the trail. Finally caught the bus to Chester at 2:08pm. There were a dozen other hikers from Quincy on the bus all going to Chester to get around the Chips Fire. I got veggitables, fruit, and a ride to the trailhead in Chester. I turned down an offer in Chester to drop me off at Drakesbad which would have cut another 20 miles from my hike. At the trailhead there was trail magic with bananas, apples and soda. Ended up spending half an hour with the large group of hikers hanging out at the trailhead. Lots of jellous comments about my two foot long sourdough baggette strapped to the top of my pack. There were a lots of bees so I moved on after a while.
I hiked into the dark thinking I would be safe from the bugs and so didn't set up my tent at first. Then one or two ants came by. Then a few nats. Lots of flies, more ants, nats, and then bees. To hell with this - Up goes my tent. Well, at least there were not any mosquitoes. lol Very disappointed about missing the PCT half-way-point and this section of trail. There was just no reasonable alternative because all the roads anywhere near the trail were also closed. At least I got to hike into Belden. Most of the hikers had to make an even longer detour.
|Trail Magic at Chester Trailhead|
|Why am I eating this pinecone when I have a nice loaf of bread?|