Slept well but was woken by the sound of well I wasn’t sure an earthquake? Or a big truck coming towards Me?
Well I was up and out of my tent and I witnessed an amazing scene. About 50 plus deer came galloping by .Wow never seen that before.I was soon packed and on the trail. Tarzan had promised me beer if I was at a certain mile point at 1pm
Well to a hiker that’s a challenge so for me an avid beer drinker even more so .The distance was a little out of my range but it was a target and I set off with pure determination. .
Mile by mile whizzed by i wasn’t stopping my watch pinged out the hours I was on a beer mission. My legs whizzed like pistons (in my mind) I began to hear bells .was I imaging it no bells again in an open part of the trail there were cows. About a dozen all grazing. Not bothered about straying. I said good morning and walked on. .At 8.30 I passed Foxxy’s tent he was stil sleeping bless.i walked on ping went another hour flowed by another hour I hadn’t walked this far with out a break before.But I had beer legs on down I went up.i went then I was at the border I was in Oregon bloody hell I had made it
I stopped for a few photos
I was in Oregon. Whoop whoop. I signed the register Tarzan had been through
Back to the trail i was ahead of schedule but now the trail climbed Welcome to Oregon I laughed.as soon as I was across the border the animal life seemed to increase their were load more chipmunks and ground squirrels and more birdsong.
And I saw my second rabbit.
I raced up the next hill .I saw a man waving I though it was Tarzan at first but it was his friend. .Beer he asked god yes please. Are you s friend of Tarzan? I asked .
Yes he replied then he made me an awesome sandwich of elk meat and cheese and mustard it was emence
I woofed it down and chugged a few beers ..He was still waiting for Tarzan I was confused as his name was before mine in the register. He then gave me heaps more food and beer which I struggled to get into my pack
We waited a while then he drove me to the next camp. Where his other friend was..we laughed and joked and drank more beer
Tarzan then arrived or hippy to his mates. I was confused as his name was already in the register but apparently there are two Tarzan’s but this was the better one lol
We chugged more beer then drove to the the next camp to wait for other hikers
Tarzan and I sat on the back of the Range Rover tailgate as we were driven several miles to the next camp. This was trail magic most awesome, At the next camp Tarzan’s mates unloaded he Range Rover they had tons of food and beer
What a great afternoon
I was saying about the deer herd and showed the guys my video. They are not deer they are Elk and that is some rare footage , which made me feel very special. Then two other families arrived and joined in with fun
later followed by Foxxy . hurrah we drank more beer and ate more food
Later Tarzan who had finished his hike was going to a hotel then out for dinner. so i was happy to put up my tent and camp here
Until Foxxy said Post office. Dam you Foxxy yes I needed to hike out get to Ashland so I can post parcels out
Off i went but I was very squiffy and its not easy to hike along a narrow path when you cant focus on it especially when there is a deathly drop .but somehow I managed to hike another 10 miles don’t ask me how.
I set up my tent sat inside and had the most marvelous salad with hot smoked locally caught salmon washed down with more beer
And guess what I slept like a log ,
Woke far to early considering I wasn’t going anywhere. So lay in my tent pondering my journey.
Then i tried to organise my blog I know I still have days missing but I am too far forward to look back but will spend some more time on it.
At last I emerged from my tent grabbed my old solar panel and bits and headed for the post office. It was a beautiful day and was going to be hot.i bounced my food box to mazama village create lake. Then eagerly opened my other parcel fantastic a replacement solar panel from solar monkey in the UK thank you so much customer support.
I love this. Charger it has an internal battery too go buy one they are fab.okay sales pitch over but I love mine..Next a visit to the dentist as they support pct hikers. I had my photo taken signed the register got a. New tooth brush and toothpaste and $20 voucher for food yeah.
Then too the library to try and sort out my blog once and for all.
Whilst there several other hikers arrived to do the same..we all arranged to have lunch at the Locker room (restaurant) with Shhredder, Mountain Goat, Goat snail and new trousers and use our vouchers oh and watch the footy. Its funny all I seem to have eaten so far is cheese Burgers so i ordered a cheese Burger a pint of Icky IPA mm and followed that down with 2 lb of ice cream . Well Germany won. so I ambled off to the library one more time to sort our bits and pieces . Osprey said that they would replace my pack but I need to (a.)go to a shop or( b) pay fir another and they will reimburse when mine comes back.as I’m getting low on money I’m trying to find a shop on route that has my bag and I can hitch to
Yes I had the scary shock that I’m spending too much money so need to be careful as 2.5 months to go (Panic)
Well think my blog is about done .need ro add photos but that’s the bit that takes the time.
Then back to my tent it’s been a bloody hot day over 100° so I sat with some loggers and chatted drinking a few beers.til it was time to call it a night but it had been a very productive day
Lunch At the Sports Bar
The Other Kennedy meadows
Great Place to Chill
Da Vinchi, Nobodies Friend and smokes
Da Vinchi crossing another snow field
What a view
The Zig zags are the paths we climbed
Going to be a big climb today and I was felling a little testy. So i slung on my pack and headed out before the other guys nothing that they would quickly overhaul me.i plodded on through the forest but the snowy topped switchbacks looked down on me.i was in my own world when I came face to face with a deer. I am not sure who was the most surprised me or the deer! .On I plodded then arrived at the first switchback it wasn’t that steep but it was long and surprisingly wide up and up then I heard the tap tap of Smokes sticks behind me Da vinchi and nobodies friend were much further behind.
Higher and higher then the snow I made a mistake of going hi but then lost the trail and had to slide down to get back on .by this time Smokes was in the groove and motoring up the mountain …just how does he do it..I knew I was going to be slow today.
Eventually the other two caught me so I fell in behind up and up we went .towards this peak was s large overhang of snow that we had to climb up it was slightly scary but it needed to be done.once up it was a bloody OMG MOMENT the views were stunning but this wasn’t the top lots more to do.i waded through the snow to catch the others but had to keep stopping to take more pictures. The trail then turned to gravel which was slippy so I couldn’t go fast and watched the other disappearing over
Another saddle . Eventually I caught up .but the views up hete were amazing just wow.we were now heading down the other side and the snow was deep and treacherous. I didn’t like some of the traverses as if you slipped it was a long fall and would be very painful. So slow was safe and safe was slow. I had to do about a dozen of these..At last lunch.we sat on a scree just admiring the amazing views. As we sat Grapenut came by we has now poles and walks over the snow like a mountain goat how does he do that.
Onwards to Kennedy meadows. Because I kept taking photos smokes and nobodies friend were heading off into the distance. Da vinchi was taking photos too so we walked together then completely lost the trail there was another huge ice sheet but no footprints where did they go?
We climbed higher as once above its easier to see the trail. There it is we carefully inched our way down as it was do slippy. We then pressed on as the trail was going down .Again I stopped to take pictures then lost sight of Da vinchi. He’ll he must be moving I peered down the valley no sign of anyone ..Oh well I thought I meet them at the road. Which I could see in the distance. On I presses to I came to another snow wall it wasn’t too steep so I glisaded down and down at last I found myself in the valley and walked to the road.No sign of anyone bugger lucky buggers must of got a quick hitch.But thought that they may of waited for me.
I stood on the road and put out my thumb a white pickup stopped and I threw my pack into the back. Steve was retired and was doing errands
He dropped me off at Kennedy meadows Store.No sign of the guy’s? !) How weird so I dropped my pack brought a tub of ice cream and a six pack and sat on the porch.
I was digging in to my ice cream when I heard Smokes voice ” snails here and he’s drinking beer”.It seems I took a short cut off of Sonora pass and they were waiting for me on the correct trail. So we laughed then went to have lunch cheese Burgers all round .They weren’t the best but it was food. The Internet was also lousy so couldn’t update my blog or do anything that I wanted grrr
But yeas got rid of my bear canister it’s mailed back to Kennedy meadows south. Then had a lovely shower mmmm that’s So good then we just chilled re organised our packs and ordered more beer it was just a chilled out day .we had arranged a ride back to the trail head at five so we just relaxed.Kennedy meadows was a real friendly place every one chatted and we’re interested in our walk.
Just before our ride smokes suggested we check out the saloon for a jamesons and beer well how could I refuse. Then our ride appeared we put our packs in the back and set off for the trail head. There at the Trailhead were several picnic tables and drop toilet so that’s were we camped. Both Da vinchi and smokes had brought some fire starter whisky so we warmed our tummies chatted about the day then all turned in
I woke at 4 am but then fell back to sleep Eric was just packing when I emerged. Not such the early start I was planning. But i was on the trail by 7.30. Today was a boring day nothing exciting to see. I grabbed water at Mikes place (trail angel) As I was leaving a Hiker called “DC “was coming to mikes I recognised him as the hiker who may of dropped the Knife. Did you lose anything ? I asked “well yes a Knife”, “like this one” I said holding out his knife.
Yes he replied dam I said best I give it you back then , Thanks snail I owe you one !
I said goodbye and see you up the trail then I set off up those hills, the climbs were fairly steep but when it’s time to go down. the downs were stone filled and gravel so it was slow as it killed the knees plus it was easy to turn an ankle. Seemed liked I spent the whole day descending. Then tuck caught me up and passed me being a slow old bloke. I passed her later while she (Tuck) was having lunch. Later I stopped for mine, tortillas with tuna and cheese sticks yummy, then time to walk again ,luckily it was cool, but I didn’t seem to be doing the miles. After about 8 miles it was time for water. My maps said that there was a water source 1/4 mile down the hill. Why are they always down a hill? You walk down empty then struggle back with. A full load…
It’s was fifteen miles from here to Paradise cafe. Mm I can’t make that. But want to do 6 more than camp. My map says there are some camp sites in 3 miles, but typically after passing several great spots , The so caled camp site is rubbish .Dam dam I have walked past some good sites now’s there’s nothing and I’m tired and hungry. So I pitched my tent on top of a mountain. It’s bloody windy so I won’t get much sleep .But I was done,I will possibly regret this. I made tea then cooked some scrummy pasta which i soon scoffed
I’m soon snuggled in my bag 18 miles done :0)
My water Source