We finished up our town stay and hitched a ride back to trail in a Subaru Forester driven by a Forest Service guy and his life guard wife. They were getting ready for a day hike and we talked back and forth about grandchildren.
Our ride in yesterday was with another retired guy from Boeing. This one is supporting his son and resupplying his son as the kid hikes SOBO. Kid told him to pick us up after dad dropped him off.
So we strung two Neros together for our day off. Hitched into town. Had town food and met other hikers for dinner, helped a guy get his laundry done, and after the hotel breakfast hitched back out and started hiking.
It took a long time to hitch in but getting out was faster.
Had a bagel and gummies for dinner to avoid the mosquitoes and because I had enough calories and did not feel like more.
Great day all in all. Tomorrow will probably be 22+ miles to the only green spot in a burn zone.
81.3 miles to the pass and our next resupply. I’m regretting going so heavy on licorice this resupply. Number one ingredient is flour so I figured it was a bread substitute. I’ll go with tortillas next time. 😄😄
Abear showed up around 8:00. He had waited an extra day for his resupply package that had been misrouted. It did not show up again. Monarch and Resilient are up ahead. The cute kids (the British/Canadian couple) showed up here as well.
They have a giant tent (a 3 person Copper Spur). A great choice, especially since they also camp a lot in Canada on tent platforms.
Uphill from us is Hockey who is a Calgary Flames fan from Canada.
We passed mile 2300. For a lot of hikers that means they have only 350 miles left. For us it is 350 until we flip.
Our finishing the Sierras and the desert should get bud out with mild weather. Locally the forecast is dry for the next ten days. Luckily we are in dry season for Washington.
Real change from the Appalachian Trail where rain was a constant companion. In total hours so far I’ve worn my rain jacket as much as a windbreaker as a raincoat.
I find I wear my shorts (the ones from the hiker box) a lot. Just use DEET for bugs. I also use my convertible pants some.
But without poison oak and without sunburn as an issue the shorts are getting wear.
They are a size small and lighter than the mediums I bought us the trail and left with my brother Mark. Left my 34-30 pants with him too.
I think I’m eating enough that I’ve quit shrinking. Will see.
Tomorrow will be a warmer day and a good day for an early start.