Mile 1382.2-1408.8 (26.6)
I was up a little before 5am, packing sleepily and fending off mosquitos. Lost Creek was a mile away and I scrambled down 400ft to fill up on water. When I started to hike, the sun was peeking out above the horizon.
It started to get hot quickly. I kept up a brisk pace. Knowing that I had 10 miles to cover before my next water source kept me motivated. Eventually, though, hiking along the flat rim got boring. I called my dad and then Pat. I listened to podcasts. I thought of all the fun things we would do in Bend.
I found the creek in the afternoon and immediately took off my shirt and soaked it in the cool water. I filled my water bottles and took a bird bath. Sat in the shade and ate snacks. Stared into the blank middle distance.
And then I kept hiking. Only a few miles more to Burney where I needed to resupply. It passed quickly and I got a hitch in 5 minutes. At the grocery store, I loaded my cart with trail food and then ate ice cream outside. I thought if I looked pathetic enough, someone might adopt me, let me take a shower and maybe do laundry, feed me. One man gave me his cell number for when I get to Oregon for a resupply.
Walking down the street with a full pack, I wondered about staying the night in a motel. Too expensive. But a shower! I saw another hiker across the street. We waved, and she walked over. Her name was Walkie Talkie and she offered me the extra bed in her motel room.
Yes! A shower and more food and a cozy bed. A big indoor space without mosquitos. Electricity and wifi. These novelties are so wonderful for a few hours after a full day of hiking. I must say, though, that I missed staking out my little tent in the quiet woods tonight. I get to upload pictures and download podcasts here, but I don’t get to hear birds and bugs or feel the air cool as the sun goes down.