August 12 – Day 27
PCT 1989.9 – 1993
I stayed up late last night to catch up on my blog posts. 2:30 am is like an all nighter for a hiker. Hiker midnight is 9pm and up at 4am. I knew that I could sleep in today so I wasn’t too concerned about the late hour. It does screw you up a bit though.
Today, I got up around 7am, had breakfast, put my pack together and finished posting my 2nd, 3rd and 4th week blog posts. It took a while to figure out how to do it on the Kindle Fire, but I managed to get it done. Unfortunately, I somehow did a double post on week 4, which I didn’t think was possible with WordPress, but it is.
I had to walk a little over a mile to the bus station to catch the Valley Transporter bus to Sisters. I had called the trail angel for Sisters to see if she could get me to the trail. She called back an hour or so later and said she was taking some other hikers to the trail at 2:30 and would squeeze me in. This made me very happy as the alternative is hitching a ride, which really doesn’t work for me. I was quite relieved.
When I got to Sisters, I had a nice lunch and walked over to the grocery store, which was the meet-up location and waited about an hour. She dropped us off at the trail and I started to walk through the lava fields. This is the least pleasant trail to walk as the lava rocks are large, sharp and loose. In my sneakers, it was hell. In my boots, not too bad, but still annoying. Shortly after starting the hike, it started to sprinkle. I stopped and pulled out my umbrella and hooked one hiking pole to the backpack, so I can hold the umbrella with one hand and a hiking pole with the other. Every time I opened the umbrella, the wind would pick up and the rain would stop. If I closed the umbrella, the rain would start again. It was uncanny! There was some thunder in the distance, which had me concerned about being the only conductor in a field of rocks. I ran into a south bounder that said there was a patch of trees about a mile ahead. I headed to them. Though I really wanted to knock off a few more miles, I decided the smart thing to do was to camp among the trees, so that’s what I did.
My goal this week is to pick up the miles per day to 25 and see how that goes. With my pack fixed and my boots, I should be able to pull it off. We’ll see.
Bill (Blackhawk down)