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Another friend on the trail


Today I rode Takoda from Ebbetts Pass south to Sonora Pass, while my mom took Shyla in the trailer ahead to meet us there. Sonora Pass is perhaps the most beautiful of the passes I’ve covered so far (though there are many others yet to come!), and I will be riding into it again from the other direction in a couple of days, as I’m going to skip south after this and ride back north from the Mammoth area. Along the way I also met a very interesting person, Cliff Hardin, who I had a chance to stop and talk to for a while. He is a retired trainer whose horse, Ms Skips Conclusion, was inducted into the Palomino Horse Breeders Association Hall of Fame in 2013. He was on a section hike of the PCT, but he has already completed the “Triple Crown” of long distance hikes, having covered the PCT, the Appalachian Trail, and the Colorado Trail–quite a feat!

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