Mile 1487.0-1498.9 (11.9 +3.6)
A steady breeze kept the bugs off me while I packed up. It was cool and shady, the trail riding an edge with views of Mt. Shasta and Castle Crags. Peaceful and beautiful.
I was totally zoned out when I walked past a switchback, as happens occasionally. I turned around, got back on trail, and headed gently uphill. The trail was pretty flat and I hiked along quickly and happily.
Then I reached a trail junction almost 2 miles later that looked really familiar. Huh? I checked my map. I was hiking southbound. Ah! At the switchback, I had turned completely around and continued for almost 2 miles, back along trail I had already hiked through.
So I turned around again, heading northbound again, and hiked along this section for the third time. Too much daydreaming. At least it wasn’t midday and scorching. It would only delay town by an hour or so, no big deal.
P-Dog caught up with me when I stopped to get water and we hiked the rest of the way to the road together. The time passed quickly and soon we emerged out of the woods and onto the pavement. His grandparents picked us up and I was deposited at the grocery store. I bought real food for the day and made my way to the motel.
Today is a nero. Early tomorrow morning, I will get on a train to Oregon. A bus will take me to Bend, where Pat will be waiting. I haven’t seen him in almost four weeks and am dizzy with anticipation.