In spite of a near-marathon day planned to get to Highway 58 and go into Tehachapi, I didn’t actually get started early. I headed out from camp a little after 7, and began a steep one mile climb to Tylerhorse Canyon. This gave me a great view of yesterday’s wind farm, but little did I know of the magnitude of the wind farm waiting not that far ahead.
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After being on a westerly track since leaving Big Bear Lake, the trail finally turned north again as it left Hikertown. From the hiker oasis, the trail headed in a straight line due north, through some cattle farms mostly alongside a road for about a mile, before hitting the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The aqueduct, open to the air like a river, flowed east, and the trail followed along a dirt access road that paralleled the aqueduct.
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Since I was expecting a relatively short day, I took my time getting up. The cloud that parked itself on top of the mountain had not moved all night, but it still felt vaguely ominous, and the clouds on the mountains across the valley had not budged either, so once I got going, I wanted to get into Hikertown sooner, rather than later.
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The wind overnight sounded like it was blowing pretty hard, but thanks to my campsite selection, there wasn’t much in the way of wind blowing against my tent. It was still a little cold, though, and I wound up sleeping in until almost 7:30.
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