Resting and regrouping in Idyllwild
152 miles down! Many to go!
After a hard push through the 40 miles between Warner Springs and where the PCT hits Highway 74 around mile 152, I’ve been resting in the lovely mountain town of Idyllwild, enjoying a visit with an old college friend (thanks for everything, Kayanna!).
By the time I made it to the Paradise Valley Cafe, just 1 mile off the trail on Hwy 74, my feet were starting to complain pretty hard. I’ve spent the last few days here regrouping and coming up with a new strategy for foot care.
I’ve got some foot pain that sounds like mild tendinitis, according to Mr. Google, so I’ve picked up an ankle brace and some trekking poles to reduce stress on my joints. I’ve been icing and elevating that foot too, which helps a ton. I’ve also grabbed some lightweight flip-flops to help my feet air out better in the evenings, and am reducing my mileage for the next few days to give my feet a break.
The rest of my body feels great. My lungs are dealing with the uphills quite well — my whole body prefers uphill at this point (never thought I’d join that party), and my legs feel strong. Gotta help my feet catch up to the rest now.
There’s a trail closure from miles 162.5 to 177 due to a fire last season, so I’ve got some road walking and hitching to do to get around it.
Thanks for all your comments and support, everyone! It may seem small to you, but it’s really been helping me when it gets hard out here. Hugs to all.
I’m off now to enjoy one last meal in civilization, then find a ride back down to Hwy 74.
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