170628 – Dunsmuir Zero Day

Day:  066
Date:  Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Start:  Where PCT crosses Interstate Hwy 5 at Mile 1498.7, 2133 ft
Finish:  Where PCT crosses Interstate Hwy 5 at Mile 1498.7, 2133 ft
Daily Miles:  0.0 PCT
Total PCT Miles:  958.4
Weather:  Warm and sunny
Accommodation:  Dunsmuir Inn & Suites motel in Dunsmuir
     Breakfast:  Cereal, yoghurt and pastries
     Lunch:  Turkey sandwich and donut
     Dinner:  Enchiladas, rice and beans, and ice cream and tapioca
Aches:  None
Highlight:  None in particular
Lowlight:  None in particular
Pictures:  No pictures today

Position:  Click here.
Map:  Click here for Google Map

I learnt a few things during my zero day today:

  • Dunsmuir has seen better days.  Many empty shop fronts and places for lease or sale, and nothing open for breakfast.
  • The Dunsmuir laundromat only opens on Saturdays and Sundays.  I discovered this after walking downtown with my dirty laundry and just a few minutes before the last morning bus (there are only two) to Mt Shasta City, 10 miles away, came through.  I jumped on the bus, the only passenger for the whole journey, trusting there would a laundromat in the larger town.
  • There is a laundromat in Mt Shasta.
  • There are outdoor sports stores and a large supermarket in Mt Shasta and I bought my supplies for the next leg of the hike.
  • Mt Shasta is a thriving town overlooked by the towering bulk of Mt Shasta (14180 ft, last eruption 1786).  It is full of organic groceries and cafes, alternative therapists, ageing (and young) hippies, and outdoor sports people.
  • The Google Maps app failed to show that the 2:00pm bus back to Dunsmuir only runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I had to kill three and a half hours until the next bus.
  • The Mt Shasta cinema, where I planned to spend time watching a movie I didn’t particularly want to see, doesn’t permit you to take grocery shopping and laundry (clean!) into the theatre, nor does it have anywhere secure you can leave it while watching a movie.
  • The Mt Shasta library is not close to downtown.
  • There is a hairdresser between downtown and the library, and I took the opportunity to have a haircut and beard trim.
  • Despite much map research, there is no obvious detour around the high altitude (up to 7500 ft) portion of the next PCT leg so I will be wise to carry my ice axe and crampons (waiting for me at the Dunsmuir Post Office).  I have met about eight southbound PCT hikers who bailed out of this leg because of scary snow slope traverses,  so I’m already a bit nervous, though I know others have got through OK.
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3 Responses to 170628 – Dunsmuir Zero Day

  1. judy says:

    net leg of your trip sounds interesting…keep safe & a good hold on your ice axe.

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  2. Lori says:

    Hi Dave – well at least you are enjoying some real Mexican food! Hope it all looks better after a few days off, and is not as challenging as you think ahead! Good luck and be safe

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  3. Geoff says:

    Dave – sound like you won’t be moving to Dunsmuir anytime soon.
    What was the movie they were showing.?
    “Gone with the Wind.”
    Take care in the snow if you feel you have to do it.
    I’d quite like to read in your next blog that
    You decided against risking it.

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