Day 32

Day: 32

Date: 12 Aug 2017 1036PM

Location: Terrebonne, OR

Today's Miles: 0!

Total Miles: 607.1

Woke up and caught a ride this morning with a kind gentleman who was staying at the lake for a couple of weeks. There are no reservations at the campsites so it's a first come, first serve sort of system. He's here early to make sure he has a great spot for the eclipse.

He drove me and another hiker to Detroit, OR. I stayed and waited for a friend while the other hiker continued on to the other side of the fire closure.

While I waited for my ride I had myself a delicious breakfast of multiple cups of coffee, some chicken friend steak, two eggs over easy, sourdough toast, and a side of biscuits and gravy.

After I finished the kind trail angle who dropped me off returned and we sat and enjoyed a cup of coffee while he waited for his lunch. Shortly thereafter my longtime buddy from elementary school showed up and we drove back towards where he lives.

We had some delicious Mexican food for lunch, stopped by an urgent care center for me (for a rash which turned out to be a nasty staphylococcus infection turned cellulitis), resupplied, and picked up my prescription antibiotics and steroid cream for the many rashes springing up over my body.

After all that we swung by his local business. We shared a drink or two as I polished off a pint of Ben and Jerry's from the store.

Before heading back he gave me a brief tour of Smith Rocks, a stunning group of rock formations in Terrebonne.

Returned home and cleaned up. Shower, laundry, polished off the burrito I purchased earlier. Watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 before slipping off to the back yard to sleep in the "guest bedroom", which is a semi- permanent tent on a platform - complete with a queen bed, linens, and bedside tables.

Going to run a few more errands quickly tomorrow and get on my way back to the trail. Purchased a flight home in a couple of weeks for a little mid-hike break, looking forward to both heading home, and a bit of in incentive to make some miles.


Day 30

Day: 30

Date: 10 Aug 2017 0933PM

Location: Camping near mile 2055.7

Today's Miles: 28.3

Total Miles: 594.4

What a rough night of sleep.

It was dark when I rolled up to the site, thought it was OK. It was within spitting distance of a large road and trailhead parking area. Between the people driving into the parking lot drinking and playing loud music, the large trucks and tractor trailers barreling down the road, to someone actually stomping around my tent with a flashlight in the middle of the night - yea, I didn't sleep much at all.

Up with the sun, used a close by picnic table  to stack and organize my stuff on. I'm pretty particular about trying to take care of my gear, so keeping things off the ground is a plus when I can.

Whether it was the lack of sleep the past few days, or just my mind and body telling me it's time to rest, I just wasn't feeling up to it today. After about twelve miles, many of which alongside a large, beautiful lake, I decided to take an extended lunch stop at one of the last campsites before the trail parted ways from the lake.

Dropped all my gear, kicked off my shoes, and walked straight into the water. It was relatively warm, the sun was shining bright, and I paddled around for quite some time.

Washed my hiking clothes and a pair of socks, even scrubbed my body down, without soap of course.

Made a hot lunch from my hiker box resupply stash. Snacks are usually hard to come by but dinner meals typically abound, so making some noodles and rice with tuna supplemented today's intake. That, and usually when I'm walking I graze on snacks throughout the day, so getting something relatively substantial in my body made sense.

Feeling reenergized, but not quite there mentally yet, about a mile down the road a woman has been set up since the end of June doing trail magic at a horse camp a small distance from the trail. She had sandwhich making materials, cold sodas, and deserts for all the hikers who came through to see her.

It was just what I needed.

Sat and talked with the largest group of southbound hikers I've seen so far. There was a north bounder as well, but he was pretty chill and friendly.

My thoughts on why the north bounders are so unfriendly and disgruntled is beginning to coalesce, but it's too soon to share in full. Suffice to say the majority of them are worn out and tired of being out here, but like a small child who fights sleep they can't help but keep on going.

Even though I stopped for two hours today I managed to make respectable (to me) miles. I feel a bit betrayed by the old saying "red at night, sailors/shepherds delight" though, because I've currently setup camp in a saddle between two peaks and it's been thundering and lightening all around me for an hour.

The threat of rain is real - too bad I don't have access to a weather report.

Here's to the unknown.


Day 22

Day: 22

Date: 02 Aug 2017 1002PM

Location: Camping near mile 2241.9

Today's Miles: 31.9

Total Miles: 408.3

Fell asleep quick last night, but I woke up a lot throughout the night. Little grove of trees and bushes did a good job protecting me from any wind, even though I was pretty exposed on an open ridge.

Out of camp by 0800, later than I'd like but it worked out. Yesterday's views were amazing, but today enough smoke from local wildfires has finally blown into this area. Could barely see very far, with many peaks and mountain tops obscured from view. Mt. Adams was barely visible today, and we're basically right next to it.

Another big mileage day. Thirty two miles is definitely the farthest I've walked in quite some time.

Town and resupply tomorrow - might spend the night at a campground in town. Not exactly sure, will see what happens when I get there.


Day 17

Day: 17

Date: 28 Jul 2017 1007PM

Location: Camping near mile 2374.5

Today's Miles: 20.5

Total Miles: 275.6

Woke up relatively early, camped with Frosty about 4.5 miles from the road. Ended up using one of his trekking poles to set up my tent with since they're integral to my tent's setup and mine broke.

He woke us up early because his girlfriend is out for two weeks to join him on the trail and he was itching to get into town.

Rolled into the small ski resort area where we picked up his resupply package and met up with his girl. We parted ways as I went over to the pancake house and devoured three entrees and a couple cups of coffee.

Spent a few hours doing town activities: catching up with the wife, updating the trail journal online, purchasing replacement trekking poles (online, being shipped), downloading new music and podcasts, and resupplying food.

Left around 1300 after bumping into a few other hikers who I met earlier in the hike. One of the food vendors gives out free beers to thru hikers, so I graciously accepted the beer and chatted for a little bit.

Fueled on town food I always hike stronger for a day or two. Guess hiking 2,700 miles on pop tarts and ramen isn't necessarily the best idea. Regardless, there were a bunch of random people out because it was Friday - took getting a few miles away from civilization before that died down.

Hiked straight through until dark, set up my tent at dusk with my headlamp. Had to jigger something together since my tent uses both my trekking poles to hold it up, but I made it work.

100 miles to the next resupply, 80 miles to go.


Day 13

Day: 13

Date: 24 Jul 2017 1117PM

Location: Dinsmore Hiker Haven

Today's Miles: 0!

Total Miles: 188.5

First zero day today, well received. Haven't slept so good in a long time, guess a couple of miles and a belly full of town food will do that to you.

Woke up early, emptied my pack, and hitched all the way to the town of Leavenworth. It's about forty miles from the hostel, and thirty from the trail. The hitches aren't too bad once you get one since a lot of these roads at the passes really only go to one place in either direction, it's just convincing someone to actually stop since so few people know about the trail.

Got into town after about an hour of driving and stopped by the grocery store. Hung out there for a couple of hours after resupplying  mooching off their free WiFi and eating from the Asian cuisine themed hot food bar.

Walked through town hitting up the post office, ranger station, and gear shop. Mailed home my micro spikes, rangers had no news to report regarding the trail south, and the "outfitter" was more of a tourist trap than a legitimate outdoor store.

Managed a quick hitch out with a couple who were heading all the way to the coast on the road I was on. Another hour long drive and I was back at the hostel.

Had the run of the place since everyone was still out, so I ate my leftover Chinese food and watched Meet Joe Black (excellent movie if you haven't seen it).

Chatted with everyone as they returned, and greeted the new hikers. Buddies who were here this morning had already left, I'll catch up with them again soon.

Out tomorrow back to the trail. Have to find a printer to make a gear return, shirt is falling apart way to quick so they sent me a prepaid shipping label. Found a sweet replacement shirt in the hiker box, we'll see how it goes (also found a goofy looking sun hat, might just end up keeping that and sending home the umbrella I found).

Bought a piece of steak, some eggs, and some shredded cheese to make with some extra tortillas for breakfast tomorrow. Looking forward to it before hitting the trail tomorrow.

Late night. Now, to sleep!

Morning hitch! 

Morning hitch!