Today was not so fun. I pushed myself a bit too hard. I wanted to see what more mileage felt like, and get all the way into Sierra City before nightfall. Well, I did make it into town just in time to get some dinner at the restaurant, and it was good, but man was I tired. The last six miles were rough. My legs and feet were hurting. I should have just done 20-22 miles. But, I was hiking with Nick and i followed his suggestion to try to make it all the way. Bad idea. There was no reason for it. And I missed out on swimming in this amazing waterfall/swimming hole just before Hwy 49. Anyway, I got to Red Moose Inn, ate ice cream and chicken strips with fries at the Buckhorn Restaurant and found a place to set up camp at the back of the Red Moose (free camping). I couldn’t find a flat spot and the ground was so rocky I barely got my tent stakes in. I wanted to just pack up and go up the street to the hotel, but I knew it would be too expensive and I didn’t have cell phone reception to call. So, I made it work and took 2 motrin IB and went to sleep.
Monday 7/15 ZERO DAY in Sierra City 🙂
It’s 8:13 this morning and I am still in my tent. My plan for today is to eat some breakfast here at the Red Moose Inn, see how long I will have to wait for a shower and laundry. If it’s too long, I will call the hotels and get rates and stay in one if not too expensive (less than $100). Then I need to go to the grocery store, buy 5 days of food, re pack, go to the post office and head back to the trail head.
There is one girl here (PCT hiker) named Doodles who I do not like. She is not that friendly to me and she is constantly giggling. Uggghh. There are a few other hikers who I know and some I don’t: Doodles and Scones; Messenger; Dora[?]’ One Pint, Katie, Lieutenant Dan; Doug; Night Crawler; Guy on a Buffalo; Kenobi; and 10 more?: Coincidence; Squeaks; Rock Steady; G Dubb; Honeybunny/Mike; Watson; Blue Moon and Shock Top; Hanna and Bryce; Aloha; Toots McGoots; Tears for Beers
Woke up at 8am today. Ahhh .. felt so good to sleep in. I was even tempted to stay in my tent for longer, but got bored and hungry so I just got up and jotted down a few notes from yesterday. Foot was still hurting a bit 😦 in the arch this time. A reminder I can’t jump up to high mileage days so fast. Especially from 17! So, I decided to stay here all day, let the foot rest, EAT at the yummy restaurant/deli and enjoy my rest day. I went into the cafe part of the Red Moose Inn (really just a trail angel house) and sat down at the bar with other hikers and waited to order coffee and some eggs (to save some $$$). Then I read a magazine, socialized w/ Blue Moon and Shock Top, an older couple hiking the trail — so cool! Then I went to the general store to buy four days of food and do my laundry. I lucked out and got an offer from Rymenocerous to share a washing machine and soap 🙂 YAY! So only spent $1.25 on laundry 🙂 Hung clothes out to dry on the clothes line at Red Moose. Then I took a FREE shower with towels, soap and shampoo! So nice! Then I hung out on the porch some more with everyone, ate a deli sandwich (huge, yummy pastrami) and used wifi to my heart’s content.
Tuesday 7/16 1198 – 1216
Great Day! Only did 18 miles but it was worth it to camp w/ Blue Moon, Shock Top (older couple), Hitch, One Pint and G Dub. I hiked w/ G Dub all day, a little bit with Kenobi in the am before lunch. The hike was great today. A nice, steady climb early in the am when it was nice and cool. We climbed up to this beautiful rim of the Sierra buttes and I was on fire. I felt great! Well rested and fueled from a great day in Sierra City. I ate a ton of ice cream last night and then coffee and chicken strips for breakfast and a chia surge energy gel treat was free from Hunnybunny’s and Brian:) I was ahead of G Dub and just killing the miles. We did 12 miles by lunch! We decided to take the quarter [mile?] side trail down to Deer Lake to have lunch b/c it looked really beautiful and inviting for a swim. It was friggen awesome! Best lake experience yet on the entire trail. There was a short beautiful sandy beach with clear blue, perfectly cold and warm water. So, of course we swam and it was glorious! I did not want to get out. The water was deep enough to actually swim. AHHHHH … So much fun! And such clean, clear water! So we spent two hours there! Only had nine more miles to do after lunch. G Dub is hilarious — such a goof ball. I was laughing all day. Easy to get along with. Then after lunch, we only hiked six more miles to the next spring for water and ran into Shock Top/Blue Moon with One Pint who were all camping at 1216, so we joined them. I definitely wanted to get farther, but it was a good opportunity to be social again with new peeps. So we stayed. It was 5:30pm. Great day. Warm and energetic. Started to get more back chafe though :9 Need to get diaper rash cream at Quincy. Hitch and I say we will get to Belden by Friday night. We will see. Goodnight.