Starting 4/15/23 we hiked 86 miles from Tehachapi (mile 566) to Walkers Pass. We loved Tehachapi, hiked with a new "tramily," & continued our quest to define a new "Luxury Light" thru-hiking standard.
I’m shopping your blog posts as a movie script in Hollywood. Disney and apple are both bidding. Keanu reeves and Demi Moore want to play pudding and karma. I’ll let you know what the final offers are. The Disney execs were excited to explore the whole cucumber issue more.
With all the mileage you cover daily, I’m guessing you save your zero days to write. I eagerly absorb all you share; from the detailed weight discussions to the over shares. I find the minutia of the trek fascinating. Look fwd to the next episode : )
Incredible so far gib, thank you for sharing. Love the detail. I am curious about one detail your left out...seems like a sentence should have followed this one:
"And when I returned to our Airbnb for my shower, Kristen, adorned in a plush bathrobe, was in heaven and even approved of my #4 blade buzz cut."
I thought the scene might have ended differently given the whole "adorned in lush bathrobe" thing and your sexy "#4 blade buzz cut". I am guessing that your decision to go with just one pair of Nike sports underwear might have been a factor. ;-)
Love the shared marital wisdom. And great to see some of your tramily and Trail Angels! Reassuring to see that they are all real, and not just a folie a deux you two are experiencing to power through this amazing adventure 🤔. Your motivation, endurance, and attitude is inspirational. Looking forward to meeting you along the way.
Fantastic write up Gib! Tehachapi was memorable for me. It was late May and really getting hot. Most of the seasonal springs had dried up and I was forced to carry a lot of water. I am not sure what the trail does now, but when I did the run up to it, the path had to skirt the truly massive Tehachapi Cattle Ranch. They were super aggressive about enforcing their boundaries. As you start approaching the pass, all of the windmills start popping up. I got to the pass and hitchhiked the ten or so miles in. First thing, I saw a really rundown Mexican food restaurant. I dropped everything and ran in, sat down, and ordered the chili verde plate and a cold beer. It was fantastic. Next best thing was I checked into a $20 cinder block motel, showered and had a great nights sleep. Washed my clothes.
When are you thinking to hit Kennedy Meadows?
Pudding, love your writing. Looking forward to more stories and meeting you both on the trail again, somewhere where there is dirt. Trailhead
Thanks for sharing this latest chapter of the story of you epic hike. It’s all so good, but I am most struck today by the kindness and generosity of strangers.
Right there with you Langley! I'm thinking Gib's agents ought to be prepared for a Nobel Prize!
Gibson Biddle, you are AN EXTRAORDINARY writer. I feel like I'm on this journey with you and Kris.
You 2 are the strongest people I know---emotionally and physically. Here's to your extraordinary Endurance!
Great read Pudding! love the videos and marital humor :)