Date: 13 Aug 2017 1024PM
Location: Camping near 44.3091, -121.6376
Today's Miles: 17.2
Total Miles: 651.7
Got up in the guest tent around 0700 and started packing up all my things. Zero days are great for relaxing because you can get your chores out of the way and just veg out.
Organized my food and packed everything up. Had a few errands to run before leaving town so my buddy and I loaded the car and headed out.
Grabbed breakfast at a cool little spot called One Street Over. Food was delicious and the coffee plentiful. Ended up eating four eggs, some bacon, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and toast. Few cups of coffee later and we were on our way.
Tried to get my Smart Wool socks exchanged at both a local outdoor store and at REI. Neither was able to help, both were very rude. Also tried getting my Bluetooth headphones looked at, but the authorized repair center in Bend for Apple products was incredibly unhelpful.
Ended up finding two pairs of Darn Tough socks at my buddy's gear shop, leftover from some time past. No matter - they'll do the job well!
Sent home the worn out gear for returning at another time. I'll take care of it when I'm eventually home.
With everything taken care of I was dropped off at the trail and continued hiking. About half a mile in I saw a helicopter idling in a field, apparently part of the fire fighting efforts in the area.
Managed a respectable seventeen miles, even with the late start. Walked through some lava rock boulder fields, haven't seen something like that in my entire life.
Decided to push in as far as I could. Made it to highway 242 at McKenzie Pass before I noticed that the forest service had moved the closer to this point. I was now stuck and could not travel further south.
It was growing dark, so I walked up the road a quarter of a mile to a rest area and observatory made from the lava rocks scattered in every direction. I considered sleeping in the tower but decided against it and started walking back towards the trail, looking for a place to setup for the night.
As I arrived back at the trail closure I saw a car in the distance. It was pitch dark st this point so I pulled out my cell phone, turned on the flashlight, and so I wouldn't look like a random wanderer (or get hit) I put the light on my head like a headlamp.
Luckily, the kind younger man pulled over. I asked if he was going to Sisters/Bend and he agreed to give me a lift.
On the way to town I pulled up a map of trails in the surrounding area I previously downloaded just for this purpose. I saw we'd be crossing a few trails/forest roads on our way and decided on one that was far enough away from the fire closure area, but still headed in a southernly direction.
Currently camped along where route 242 meets up with the Metolius-Windigo trail. I've got four days of food and plenty of battery life on my devices - let's see where it goes.
Let the unplanned adventures begin.