I'm writing this for Paul as he is busy hiking and doesn't get much time to update any more.
We met him the day after his birthday at Sonora Pass and we camped together that night. Next day we went in to Bridgeport so he could shower and do laundry. Then we dropped him off and said our farewells for another month.
Since then he has hiked to Echo Lake and done the Desolation Wilderness on the west side of Lake Tahoe.
There is a forest fire in Belden area and the town has been evacuated. The PCT is closed in that section so plans are being made to get up to Chester and avoid the Belden area. He is with a group of hikers who are making decisions on their route. Will keep you posted.