I slept better last night, but my desire to camp perched on a cliff meant a windy night. The tarp flapped, flapped away. Still worth it.
I had looked up the weather, and it was forcasted to be a clear, dry week! I really am lucking out with the weather. As I wound my way down the cliffs to the open range land below I had a slight breeze, and the temps were quite pleasent. I was a long dirt road walk into town, but in those moments I like to pull out a podcast and give my brain something to chew on. Before I knew it I was in town.
I went to the Ideal Market to retreive my box and get a few suppies, then headed over to the Say When Casino to have lunch at the cafe. A fried chicken sandwich and slice of apple pie later, I picked up my things and headed over to a picnic table I had seen down the street at the Library.
The library isn’t open on Fridays, but the table was shaded, there appeared to be a plug so I could charge the electronics, and a spigot on the front of the building was on. Score!
I spent some time repacking and reshuffling, did a little reading, a little laying around on the grass, and finally about 2:30 decided to head out. I had hiked 10 miles this morning, and I would be happy with another 5-10. It was another road walk out of town, but it was a treat to be walking towards the mountains and wondering what my “alternate” route would be like. Already this side of the valley seemed dryer. I have 5 days of food and 5 liters of water…all that adds up to a HEAVY pack, and it looked like a lot of the next 20 miles would be climbing up into the Trout Creek mountains. So worth it.
I made my way up into the foot hills, and found a spot tucked into a sagebrush ravine. There are a few cars about, I saw a sign on my way in about rock hounding…maybe I’ll find a rare and beautiful stone while I am out here!
My legs are aching. The first week or two of a long hike there is always some pain…it’s just that since I’m only doing 300 miles I’ll be done just as my body is getting used to it.
You make 20 miles sound like a cake walk! Take care of those tootsies and stay strong!
Doesn’t feel quite like cake….wait did you say cake!!! 🙂
You have come a long way since accupunture to treat the infected blister on the AT! Keep trailblazing. Peace. Pineneedle.
Thanks Pineneedle!! Hope all is well with you
I love following along with you. Thanks for the ride.