One of the perks of having my mom visit this week is that she brought my razor, so, for the first time in more than a month (and 850 miles), I had a shave this morning. What a difference! I also weighed myself and discovered that I’ve lost six pounds since the beginning of this hike; not bad, since a guy just ahead of me has already lost 65, and most PCT hikers are down at least ten pounds by now.
Honeybuzz and I hiked 25 miles westward, with a stiff 4,600-foot climb past Castle Crags State Park, after crossing Interstate 5 this morning near Dunsmuir. A freeway sign there said 75 miles to Ashland, kind of depressing since it’s still 240 miles away by trail. This path is certainly circuitous.