Day 69 2nd zero Sierra City

22nd June
We woke about 6.30 smokes says to me that his foot still hurts and he will take another zero. I said I thought I may do that too .so when friend comes over we explain what we want to do. Nobodies friend wasn’t sure if he would stay or go but his ankle was annoying him too.
Smokes suggests later that we just buy a 12 pack and  Chill,  I am certainly up for that..I get up and waddle off to the restrooms .After I  pack up my gear and move down to the red moose. There are several tents their  one  is Da-vinchi’s. Da vinchi is still asleep. Pip grabs me snail those shoes are still in the hiker box. So i wander into the red moose and grab them I can’t really see what size they are but they fit perfectly. There are tears  in the side but not as bad as the Altras. So I’m fairly pleased. I wander back to my stuff and lie out on my pad..As I said I have managed to loose 10 days of blog so today I’m going to piece the days back .They may not be in the right order but ill try..I lay out Smokes photocopied pages and begin to write I know what happened  but not sure of  the order. I spend about four hours before I need a break,and i  need more power. So i wander back to the restrooms as they have power socket.I  so plug in my external battery.while I am there, there are people serving coffee and cake and it’s free so I sit and eat cake and drink coffee and chat to the locals. Next it’s a visit to the store as they have WiFi so that i can upload my blog…While there several hiker friends arrive Ten speed. Sochi, Tent spike

Hiker Food
Hiker Food
Nobodies Friend
Nobodies Friend

After a hour smokes says it’s beer time so we grab beer and head to the small garden by the church. .We find a beach and just chill in the sun drinking beer.later we are joined by ninja tank.then Foxy and Da vinchi appear with 2 lb of ice cream and spoons. Once all is finished we wander over to the saloon to watch the end of the footy with America playing. .Smokes buys more beer and his favourite shots of Jameson’s. We end up staying here relaxing. Then we get free pizza great.
We move outside to the deck and just chill chatting to the locals. Tent spike  arrives also smiler, but it’s late so back to the Red Moose garden and bed

Gut Buster Burger
Gut Buster Burger
TEnt Stake
TEnt Stake
Smokes And Noboies freind
Smokes And Noboies freind

Day 68 zero in Sierra City


21st June
Well I have to say that was my best sleep for a while and I was cowboy camping.
So today is going to be a lazy day and hopefully catch up with  my blog.
But first breakfast. So off to the Red Moose .bacon eggs hashbrowns toast and coffee. .Several hikers were already eating. Wills.big sauce.  10 K
Breckfast took a while to come giving me plenty of time to charge my phone and chat with Sierra City today they are celebrating 150 years. So its a carnival atmosphere people are dressed in costumes of that era. There’s going to be gunfights and wanted people found and thrown in jail. There are side stalls all down the road .food stalls selling ribs.snd burgers and Bbq chicken and just a great atmosphere.


I then resent a box of spare gear up the trail and checked to see if my new trail runners and poles had arrived sadly not bugger bugger shit it now means that I have to walk the next 100 miles in falling to bits shoes that will wreck my new socks and possibly my feet shit There is nothing I can, I m feeling a despondent, nothing from Osprey about my pack. nothing from Altra about my current footwear.
To take my mind off i walked through the town sampling the food before  returning to the campsite behind the church to sit in the shade and  try to recreate my missing  blog days.
Every now and then gun  fire would fill the air, but I was happy chilling in the shade with my burger chips and soda.
Finally I took a break to try to sort out my issues, I borrowed Smokes phone and called REI .
They couldn’t change the delivery so I had to reorder and send up the trail they would then reimburse me when the first order gets returned..
Well that’s sorted then i relaxed on the deck with Foxy, Da vinchi. Trashy, smokes and myself. Smokes had a huge steak and jacket potato he was munching through .i was already stuffed as I was eating all the food that I couldn’t fit in my pack..
I really fancied a beer but I didn’t want to spend any more money so had an iced tea instead so thirst quenching
We sat laughing and sharing stories till it was time to head back and my second night of cowboy camping.
But it’s light and at 8 PM is it really bedtime?.
On trail yes but in town it’s weird. But I need a good night’s sleep as the  trail goes up a huge mountain first thing and guess what my pack is full
Once again. Thanks to all my friends who have sent me food and treats and good wishes thank you thank you thank you so much
Okay guess it’s bed then lol

Cowboy Camping