Zero in South Lake Tahoe
Today is a day of rest and preparation for the next sections. We have a seven day hike to Sierra City. Sierra City has no resupply options, so I’m mailing a box of food forward.
I went to an outfitter across from the hostel to buy new clothes. I’ve gone from a size 40 shorts to a size 34. The size 32 fits, but was a little tight. After reaching Oregon, I should fit a 32. I’ve also gone from an extra large shirt and to a medium. I sent a picture home. My daughter said, “Wow Dad! You are thin!”. I still have 20 to 30 pounds to go, so I have plenty of fat reserves for this hike.
The outfitter had plenty of freeze dried dinners at a reasonable price, so I bought enough for these two sections. Diversity for dinner is critical for morale.
Nap and Bubbles have been struggling with the zipper on their tent. They have a Tarptent. They called and Tarptent helped them fix it with a needle nose pliers. I had a similar problem with one of my zippers on my tent. The other zipper worked, so I was fine. The method worked for me as well, so my tent is no longer degraded.
I road a motorized scooter to the post office and sent a box with five days of food to Sierra City. It is one of the towns on trail with a post office, but no resupply options. There I found Mammoth. I thought they left, but apparently not.
With that Nap, Bubbles and I bought a bottle of wine and toasted. We toasted to Bubbles encounter with a bear. We toasted to my weight loss. We toasted to fixed tents.
Tomorrow we’ll get breakfast and get back on trail.