It was a swift, mostly downhill, jaunt to Willow Springs Road. I completed the 8 or so miles by mid morning and had an enjoyable walk through the wind turbines.
Coppertone was waiting at the road, once again offering root beer floats to all who pass his way.
It was delicious.
He said he's hanging around for one more day and then heading up to The Sierras to play in the mountains before heading back to Minnesota for a family and school reunion. He will be missed.
It was an easy 10 mile hitch into town, the lady who picked me up was heading to the senior center to serve lunch. She mentioned her disdain for the wind farms and how when her husband and she built their house in 1998, the surrounding areas were full of apple orchards that were later removed to make way for the wind farms. Her story reminded me of the song "Paradise" by John Prine.
Once in town, I headed to the Santa Fe Hotel to pick up a piece of gear my sister sent me.
And then I caught a ride to the post office to pick up a care package from my aunt.
My aunt sent so many goodies that I had a friend shuttle a bunch down to a hiker box In town so that others could benefit from her generosity.
Nude Dude was also at the post office so Ishared some beef jerky and trail mix with him. He's carrying about 50 pounds of music and video production equipment in his oversized backpack so I figured he could use the nutritional boost!
Thank you so much, Auntie Joy and Uncle Dan, you two helped feed a bunch of hikers and spread quite a bit of cheer through your kindness and generosity. My food bag overfloweth.
I set up my tent on the grassy lawn of the Tehachapi Airport and took an afternoon nap.
I am so touched by the generosity of others. It makes me want to see how much can give.
After catching up with some family and friends on the phone, I took an evening stroll around the beautiful high desert town, and fell asleep to the sound of trains passing by.