Mile: 320.5 to 342
up/down: 3300/3800 feet
New bird species:
One goal today, walk to the only fast food virtually on the trail. McDonalds! No matter how much you think you despise McD, show up after hiking 340 miles, the last 80 uninterrupted wilderness I guarantee you too will partake. It's actually quite enjoyable to watch the kids we're hiking around when they pack it away.
The hike was pretty standard in most respects for what we've been doing lately. All California chaparral weaving in and out, up and down various canyons. The highlight was a traverse around part of the shoreline of Silverwood Lake where we picked up a few new birds for the trip.
The final excitement came in the last few miles coming in to Cajon Pass as the forecast winds cranked up and like to blow us off the ridge. There were a few gusts that had to be 60+ mph. It was a wild ride.
Overlooking Cajon Pass
Susan battles the wind
Because we knew the wind forecast we had decided to stay indoors tonight at the Best Western just down the road from McD's. As always it is nice to be clean and warm, and especially out of the gale that's a blowin'. We are undecided when we will start tomorrow, probably rest until they throw us out of the motel - then walk.
Tom, Josh, and Julie packing it away.