23.5 miles until Tehachapi (and physical therapy!) I can do this.
But first, a beautiful sunrise over a wind farm!
Okay, time to hike. Or hobble, whatever. The PCT goes directly through the wind farm and right next to active windmills. I've never been up close to them before and they're so cool. The sounds they make, the movements, everything.
After a few miles, my knee crapped out again. Oh well, I'm just gonna push on. It was pretty uneventful and hot and waterless, so I'm just gonna skip most of the painful hiking.
At mile 549 (9.5 miles left!) there was some amazing Trail Magic! Some kind souls left water, shade, chairs, cookies, juice, cherries, apples, and oranges. After hanging out there for half an hour, I pushed on -- and my knee felt better! Magic!
My knee lasted another mile or three, but whatever -- it's the home stretch. Just keep hiking, Evan.
Eventually, I reached the road and stuck out my thumb. Ten minutes later, I was in a truck, headed to Tehachapi! I'd made it!
Yay, PT tomorrow! <3