What a day. Didn’t sleep too well through the night but had good energy all day for hiking.
Flash and I noticed that even with long sustained climbs early in the day we were making good time. Such good time that we thought we could make it to our resupply at Stablers before they closed at 7pm.
After pushing all day and taking short breaks just to cram in some food we made it to the store by 6pm including the extra mile road walk. That was nearly 32 miles, and that was fast.
Stablers was awesome. Just a small store not near anything, but the owner and his wife were really nice. They had a PCT register (what hikers use to sign in to say they were there and leave messages for others) and a hiker box (kind of a take a penny leave a penny among hikers with all sorts of food and gear).
We picked up our boxes, some sports drink, and a pint of ice cream each. The owner even offered us the lawn to camp on if we didn’t want to go back to the trail tonight. We decided to hike on since it was still early enough.
On the road walk back to the trail a truck pulled over and a really nice local guy gave us a ride. He builds log cabins in the area and gives lots of hikers rides back to the trail. I have to mention that his name was Kurt Russel, but he was not the actor.
So now I’m camped on a nice flat spot just short of Panther Creek, the rain threatened but never came down today, I have resupply until White Pass where we’ll head into Packwood, and I ate 1400 calories of bean and cheese burritos. Good stuff.
Also, there is a 50k on the PCT coming up in about a week that starts less than a mile from here. To bad it’s not tomorrow. I would seriously consider running it. Without my pack of course!
Oh, fun fact of the day: I have now hiked more miles of PCT than there are miles on the entire Appalachian Trail. Less than 500 miles to Canada.