Mile 638.4-652.1 (13.7)
I slept poorly and felt like shit in the morning. I knew we had 14 miles to Lake Isabella, where we needed to resupply because Spider was nearly out of food. I could make it there.
As the morning went on, I imagined what it would be like if we stayed in town overnight: how much would it cost, how would it affect our schedule, how we could get back to the trail, etc. I figured we could use the rest before big mountain country. I thought we could afford it. I thought we had plenty of time to get to Kennedy Meadows.
The trail felt gentle in the morning and I thought I was feeling OK, only had to dig a few catholes. We began a long descent that would carry us to Walker Pass. Our water situation was good. Spider was hungry. It got hot, but there were occasional clouds and a breeze.
We got to the road at midday and hitched a ride to Lake Isabella within half an hour. An RV hauling a boat passed us, then turned around and came back to pick us up. Spider sat up front and chatted while I dozed at the kitchen table.
We went first to the grocery store to get lunch and a resupply. We ate our roast chicken and salad in the little dining area and came up with our plan: stay tonight in town, zero tomorrow for full rest, and take the bus to the trail the next day. There was a hiker friendly motel nearby and we got a room.
It was a good thing. My illness continued in its many forms and I was grateful to have access to a bathroom, air conditioning, and a bed. Spider was glad for a chance to narrow his calorie deficit. I guess we lucked out.