Date: Monday, 21 August 2017
Start: Where the PCT crosses State Hwy 2 in Stevens Pass at Mile 2461.6, 4055 ft
Finish: Where the PCT crosses State Hwy 2 in Stevens Pass at Mile 2461.6, 4055 ft
Daily Miles: 0.0 PCT
Total PCT Miles: 1921.3
Weather: Warm and sunny.
Accommodation: Room at Cascadia Inn, Skykomish.
Breakfast: Omelette & hash browns, toast & jam.
Lunch: Turkey salad sandwich and fries.
Dinner: Clam chowder, salmon & cheese melt & fries, blueberry cheesecake & ice-cream
Aches: Nothing new
Highlight: Lazy day in historic and remote Skykomish
Lowlight: None really
Pictures: No pictures today.
Position: Click here.
Map: Click here for Google Map
I had difficulty sleeping in, despite a late night, and was at the nearby tiny, but expensive, laundromat soon after 8:00am. Breakfast in the cafe attached to my hotel followed when it opened at 10:00am (during the 90% solar eclipse), and I also had a late lunch there. In between times, I planned the next five days in detail, opened my Walmart food parcels sent to the hotel and sorted my food for the next leg.
Along with my body, various items of my gear are exhibiting significant wear. My outer socks already have large holes in them and my boot uppers are starting to come apart. I have ordered some replacement boots online which I will get before I continue my hike back in the High Sierras on September 6.
Skykomish if a very small railway town, with just the Inn where I am staying, a pub, a service station and a deli (closed today), plus a few houses and a small regional high school. It is historic and the main street buildings have been restored, or are in the process of being restored. A busy double freight rail line runs parallel to the main street across the road from my hotel, probably the main route eastwards from Seattle and its port. The place has a very laid-back, but well-kept, feel.
I now have five days of hiking to Stehekin, my last resupply point and zero day, before reaching Canada four days of hiking later. Stehekin is remote and can only be reached by boat, seaplane, or on foot. It’s likely this will be the last journal update I can send until after I reach Canada on August 31. All going to plan, I will catch a 2:00am cross-country Greyhound bus to Vancouver that night from the ski resort of Manning Park where my hike will finish, and then later another bus to Bellingham back in the US where I have a one-way car rental booked that I will use to get back to the High Sierras over the long weekend.
In the immediate future, I will grab breakfast at the local deli, which is supposed to be open at 7:00am tomorrow morning, and then hitch-hike back to Stevens Pass and the PCT trailhead. I hope to average 22 miles a day for the next five days to Stehekin, and am hopeful it will be easier than the last three.