Date: Friday, 04 August 2017
Start: Cascade Locks at Mile 2144.4, 219 ft
Finish: Cascade Locks at Mile 2144.4, 219 ft
Daily Miles: 0.0 PCT
Total PCT Miles: 1604.1
Weather: Hot, sunny and hazy
Accommodation: Room at Bridge of the Gods Motel
Breakfast: Oatmeal, cheese omelette & hash browns, toast & jam
Lunch: Pulled pork nachos
Dinner: Pizza, ice-cream & fruit salad
Aches: Nothing new
Highlight: None really.
Lowlight: None really.
Pictures: No pictures today.
It was a little cooler today, but still hot enough to be unpleasant hiking, so I was happy to be having a zero day.
However, there wasn’t much relaxing, as I had a long list of things to do – detailed planning for the next four weeks, booking accommodation in the towns/resorts I will be passing through, ordering food online from Walmart to be delivered to those places that lack local supplies, checking out bus timetables and options to get me from the Canadian finish point to civilisation, booking a rental car to get me from the north back to the High Sierras, and so on. I feel a bit apprehensive about the arrangements, because it means delivering on a daily hiking mileage plan for four straight weeks (with a few days off), and assumes I have no problems with the body, weather, trail conditions or wildfires. On the other hand, knowing day-by-day what I have to do to get me to the Canadian border on time, and then back to Independence in California, to hike the final High Sierras stretch, will be quite motivating. Fingers crossed it all works out or I’m going to be making a lot of phone calls and/or forfeiting deposits.
I also got my replacement e-reader, and have mailed my “bounce box”, including my crampons (gambling that there will be no difficult snow travel between here and Canada), south to be picked up before the last stretch.
With luck, I will get an early breakfast locally tomorrow and then cross the Bridge of the Gods into Washington and begin a long climb back up into the mountains.