Date: 03 Aug 2017 1005PM
Location: Camping near mile 2216.2
Today's Miles: 25.6
Total Miles: 433.9
Had to say something about them since I've forgotten the past few days. The little bastards have been relentless, managing to latch on even while one is moving. Bug spray doesn't matter, clothing doesn't matter, the mosquitos penetrate all.
Long day today. Woke up in the shadow of Mt. Adams, still cloudy with smoke from the fires in Canada. Packed up and uneventfully hiked the fifteen miles to the forest service road that leads into town.
Arrived at the road and there was a load of hikers piling out of a pickup truck. Clown-car style. Gentleman offered me a ride back to town, serendipitous indeed.
Rolled into town and hit up the small general store. Was able to almost entirely resupply out of the hiker box, something I'm quite fond of doing when I can. Not only does it save me money, it keeps food out of the trash. Most importantly though, it makes dinnertime a mysterious and flavorful adventure since most people don't label their stuff and you can only tell so much by sight and smell, especially when packages are vacuum sealed.
Walked over to the small cafe and had an overpriced burger and soda. Made up for it by drinking about two gallons of root beer mixed with Pepsi. Made the mistake of getting a burger with epic hot sauce and jalapeños in a dining room that was above ninety degrees Fahrenheit. More soda drinking ensued as I sat there sweating bullets.
Headed back over to the general store to sneak some wifi and finish charging my devices. Yet another gentleman was dropping off hikers and offered me a ride back to the trail, an offer too good to refuse.
Got back to the trail around 1730, still managed to bag another ten miles before darkness fell.
Arrived at a tent site in the dark with many people already set up and sleeping, with two women sitting by a campfire ring drinking boxed wine in the dark. They're middle school teachers out for a short section and appear to have a fascination with thru hikers, so as I unloaded my gear and set up my tent, they peppered me with questions. I didn't mind though, as a thru hiker we wear multiple hats - one of those hats is ambassador of the trail / mobile information station.
Plowed through the audiobook Ready Player One the last day and a half. If you enjoy SciFi, fantasy, or even just 80's popular culture, this novel comes highly recommend by yours truly.