Beautiful campsite, clear spring fed water. We are tucked in early to wait out the rain and get a great start to the border tomorrow.
Two days ago we left Lone Pine at 5:30 am for the bus station in Bend. Then it was busses and trains all the way up to a trail angel’s house.
We slept on inflatable beds in a tent in his backyard. Then in the morning we headed to Mazama.
Yesterday we got to Lion’s Den, a hostel in Mazama. We bicycled into town, set up our tent under a cabana style awning and planned for this morning.
Last thing that happened was that the forest rangers called back to let us know the road to Harts Pass was going to be open the next morning.
That meant no ten mile road walk with 3,000 feet of elevation to start our day.
We had a long distance runner who just graduated, two German medical doctors, an economist working for the treasury and a kid from Salt Lake City.
Our shuttle driver was Raven who is helping run the hostel and doing shuttles.
They have bicycles at the hostel and we rode them into town several times. They also had scales and I am at 175 which is down from the 184 or so I was at before we started in April.
I gained weight in our time off but not as much as I feared.
I was glad for the tarp like structure we camped under because of the heavy rain in the middle of the night. While I woke up early, I went back to sleep and had eggs and toast instead of pancakes for breakfast. That left the syrup we bought for others to use.
It was about twenty miles up mostly one lane dirt roads. Mountain goat families shared the area with us and we got to the trail head right at 8:05. Put our micro spikes, ice axes and food for Hart’s Pass to Stehekin in the bear boxes and started hiking.
It is beautiful with some snow for decoration and plentiful water. Warm enough to hike but cold enough to inhibit mosquitoes.
Lots of mountains and clouds. Lots of hikers. Lots of what our shuttle driver calls Snowbos—people who did Southern California and have flipped to go SOBO because of the snow.
Win was able to update people that Hart’s Pass is open. That saves a ten mile roadwalk each way for those who want a break before they go on.
We are out of cell service for a couple days. Lots of world news including the Russian civil war. Should be interesting to see if anything really happens while we are cut off.
After about sixteen miles it was later and the weather wasn’t good for my siesta. I have allergies but mild enough I need to cut the medication in half or something but strong enough to give me sinus headaches.
We set up early, waited out some rain, had dinner early, slept about two hours (1:45 or so) and made sure our water for tomorrow was ready. I also prepped tomorrow’s food for breakfast, snack and lunch.
The rain is past, it is 7:39 and I’m getting ready to go to sleep again.