After a long drive I have made it to mammoth Lakes for my overnight hostel stay. All of my gear is ready so I just have to engulf a bunch of food, get a good night’s rest, engulf even more food, and then get on the trail.
My route due to the fire was pretty nice. I should have stopped to take some pictures but I enjoyed the drive for sure. 33 through Ojai I’ve done a few times and it’s always enjoyable when not stuck behind someone. Then Lockwood Valley Road was a bit bumpy but otherwise a very scenic and fantastic road to make up some time on. It took 6hr30 minutes with stops so I definitely made good time and it wasn’t too much of a detour versus the 5.5-6 for the other more direct route.
Tomorrow will begin the real adventure!