12.8 miles (Miles 1714.0 – 1726.8)
PCT Mile 1714 – Interstate 5
My initial plan was to hike to the Interstate, get picked up by Aloha, resupply, eat lots and hit the trail right away again. It didn’t happen that way, and I admit it… my plan was a bit overly aggressive. I’m tired and need rest. I’m so happy I got a 40-mile day in, but it plain wore me out. I didn’t sleep well last night, either. We set up in the dark, so when I laid down I realized I was on a big clump of something, and I was too darn pooped to get out and move the tent. I just curled around it in the fetal position, fell asleep and woke up from twitchy feet and legs throughout the night. And get this! I got chilly and had to zip up my sleeping bag and put my hat on! It’s getting cold already? Anyway… I plodded the almost 13 miles to the road… ready for a nap.
When I got into town, Bryan and Hunny Bunny offered to let me shower and nap in their hotel room while they made a trip to REI. That was so nice of them. While Aloha left to give some hikers rides, I got that shower and nap, and both were fabulous.
Once we were able to check into our room I took care of some hiker chores and decided to relax. The day went by too quick, as they do off-trail. We’re getting Tears from the trail in the morning, so I’m going to stick around and plan to hit the trail when she’s ready to.
Activities I took part in today: delicious Thai dinner, a few beers, coffee and salted caramel ice cream, a movie and popcorn, and icing a foot.
I’m not really sure where the source of the pain in my foot/ankle is exactly, but I can walk fine – just taking precautions for now hoping it’s just reminding me that I’m not invincible. :)
Tonight I love rest. It’s sometimes difficult to get, but I know it’s important.
Thanks for reading and being a part of my journey!