Day 9: Idyllwild Zero Day

If you haven’t caught up with the thru-hiker lingo yet a zero day is basically a ‘rest’ day with zero trail miles walked.

But a zero is not really a rest day a such. There is so much to do.

Today’s mission was to:

  • Visit the post office, pick up my bounce box and forward it onto the next location (Wrightwood)
  • Do my laundry
  • Unpack, clean gear (like my cook gear and back flush my water filter)
  • Get food for the next leg
  • Study up maps for the next leg, work out the best route to back on trail and confirm the water report
  • Most importantly, eat healthy, eat a lot and drink lots of water

Mission accomplished and now I have the rest of the day to relax.

Food is comparatively cheap (excluding the exchange rate) over here for the quantity and quality which I’m impressed with. Makes it easier for me to tip the wait staff. This mornings breakfast including unlimited coffee, $15. Way too much food.

Idyllwild is a great little town established at the base of Mt San Jacinto. It’s a vibrant, bohemian sort of town with lots of craft shops, nice eateries and loads of cabin type accomodation. It’s chilled and laid back. A very friendly town to PCT hikers with a big banner across the Main Street welcoming the class of 2018. To give you the vibe of this place, the town major is a dog, Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller.

There are plenty of PCT hikers about doing the same thing as me today. Most of the people I’ve been walking with will arrive in town tonight having elected keep hiking yesterday and take a zero tomorrow. There are always new people to meet everyday and it’s likely the same crowd will keep popping up right throughout the trail.

Here is the view from outside my cabin:

Taking it easy. Back into the game tomorrow.

About mickbeckers

G'day my name is Mick. I have a love for all things outdoors. In 2014-15 I completed a thru-hike of Te Araroa in New Zealand which now has me addicted to long distance hiking. Day to day I'm a forest firefighter in Australia and have the opportunity to work internationally. Much to the annoyance of my neighbours I also have 20 years under my belt as a drummer for several bands.
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6 Responses to Day 9: Idyllwild Zero Day

  1. eoemu1 says:

    enjoy the rest day.

  2. No day 10 yet? 🤔😬

  3. Max, Jock says:

    g’day mick its max and jock. hope your enjoying this walk. whats the food like in america? how different is it to australias food? goodluck for the rest of your walk

    • mickbeckers says:

      G’day guys. It’s much the same just way more variety which makes it hard deciding what to buy. The brands are all different. Thru-hiker diets are not healthy. It’s about getting the calories in as you burn close to 4000 a day and then eating real healthy in town. How does pop tarts for breakfast and instant mash with tuna sound? It’s not an exciting diet. Can’t find vegemite anywhere.

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