Start: tentsite at mile 504
End: Cottonwood Creek
Miles covered: 30
PCT mile marker: 534/2652
Highlight: Trail angel Paint Your Wagon, from Hikertown. I asked him if it was a musical theater reference, assuming the answer was no. Much to my delight, he proceeded to sing to me. That just my day.
Hikertown is the last place for rest, water, and good shade before the long walk across the Mojave.
Biggest challenge: Crazy, ridiculous heat. Everyone else walked the aqueduct in the late evening or early morning. There’s a good reason for that, but we had plenty of water and stopped to rest every couple of hours, so now it’s just a fun life story.