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Pacific Crest Trail hikers find a real “trail angel” in Tehachapi

Tehachapi, CA (KGET) – A 2,650-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), trekking thousands of miles through Kern County.

Outside Kelcy’s Restaurant is a bright yellow sign with bold black letters that says “Cafe.” The brown wooden building attracts those who drive (or hike) Tehachapi Boulevard, hungry for a homely American breakfast. Among the hikers, I enjoy fluffy eggs and pancakes. Rinse it with hot coffee. These hikers are one of the finest meals I’ve ever eaten after crossing over 500 miles from the US-Mexico border.

“We all appeared on different ships. We are now on the same ship,” said Ray Niels, a North Carolina hiker.

After being injured on the trail, Knirs are recovering. The ceramics teacher decided to embark on PCT as a way to return to good health.

Kelsey Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican veteran in Anchorage, Alaska, said, “I really enjoyed it. I had no bad days when my feet were full of blisters. I’m still hiking.”

Rodriguez has been on the trail since late March and hopes to reach the Canadian border by his birthday in September.

“It’s about slowing down and riding the rhythm of nature,” said Paul Stevens, a retired art professor at Chico State University, who first learned about PCT while flipping through pages in National Geographic magazine when he was young. Told.

Rodriguez, Knirs, and Stevens are all hiking the Pacific Crest Trail for the first time, but without the trail angels they encounter with real angels and markers, they wouldn’t be ready to embark on the remaining 2,000 miles. Tehachapi 560.

“This is the longest distance I have ever walked. This is the longest distance in my life. I can’t imagine a trail without a trail angel. It would be difficult.”

Ted Johnson, who has been volunteering as a “Trail Angel” with his wife Cheryl for about five years, is recorded in a bright blue journal that resembles the color of the house for every visitor to the house. Many countries and all ages.

“I have to say that it was Cheryl’s idea to write this logbook at the beginning,” said Johnson. “The first person I chose was with a question mark and they were from Austria.” ..

Johnson points out a sketch of the logbook. It was their home and was painted by the hikers they hosted who sketched her entire journey at PCT.

“It involves giving a ride from two trailheads,” Johnson said.

Eight miles from Tehachapi, another trail angel, Nick Artieri, will drop Knils as he resumes his hike. There, German hikers approach them in need of a boarding at the Mojave Post Office.

“I can talk a little about Tehachapi. Some trail angels bring light meals and water to the trail.”

An act of love that can only be found in Tehachapi when chasing a happy path along the PCT.

“We were together within a few days of each other throughout the trip. I always have friends behind and in front of me,” Stevens said.

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