Andy made it through the Mojave unscathed. Luckily the weather cooperated and it wasn’t as hot as it could have been. Last we talked he had made it to Kennedy Meadows which is the jumping off point for the Southern Sierras. This is one of the most beautiful sections of the trip with gorgeous trees, rivers and mountains. People come from all over to do backpacking trips here.
Andy and I talked by pay phone as he was doing his laundry. He was cranky, tired and hungry. He’d received his various drops: a food drop from me, two packages from Zappos with new shoes and a package from REI with his bear canister and mosquito repellent. He’s at Mile 740, and had planned ahead to trade in his shoes, and wanted to be prepared for bears and bugs in the Sierras.
Whenever I talk with him he always brings up food — what he’s craving, and what I’ve been eating lately. This time when he asked me what we were having for dinner I told him I dug out some old icky potatoes and found some wilted lettuce along with over the hill veggies and a rotten avocado. That put an end to that conversation and he seemed happier with his dehydrated pre-made meals.
He said there were about 40 thru-hikers at Kennedy Meadows taking down days and getting ready for the trek ahead. It’s beautiful, but its a long stretch to Independence or Bishop. His pack was heavier than its ever been with 7 1/2 days of food. But he’s got new shoes and an amazing vista in front of him. He sounded good, happy and healthy.