Tomorrow this hike enters the third and final phase – Washington. Talking to previous hikers, Washington is the most beautiful state. It is also as challenging as California.
First, the resupply strategy completely changes. To this point, I resupplied in town. This is not an option in Washington. All the resupply points have nothing more than a gas station at best. All my resupply boxes are being sent from home. My daughter Julia in charge of this.
Second, the race is on. The weather is a concern. Rain and snow become more likely each day. My gear is for three seasons. Winter is not one of the seasons. I should be in good shape, as I’m entering in late August. Hopefully, my rain strategy will ensure I keep dry.
Third, the terrain becomes much more difficult. The climbs like Northern California are back. I will still need to do 25 mile days. Fortunately, I’m in shape to do it now.
My evacuation points are much more remote. I may not have phone reception, even in these little towns.
Finally, there is still the fire question. The Northern Terminus remains closed. There are four closures as it stands.
That being said, my health is excellent. I have no injuries. I’m hiking at full speed. I have some concerns about my lack of reserves. I’ve increased my calories in my food bag. I lost 20 pounds in the Sierra Mountains. I don’t have 20 to loose now. The Northern Cascades are as physically demanding as the Sierra Mountains.
Mentally, I’m gunning to finish this. My morale is high. I’m confident in my conditioning. I’m frustrated that is probably all for naught, as I don’t expect to be able to get to the Northern Terminus. However, there is no question that the hike has been a success.
The only gear issue is that the zipper to my next insect netting is still broke. It has been too cold for mosquitoes, so this has not been an issue. The tent keeps me dry, and that I know works. All other pieces of gear are fully functional.
Body says go. Mind says go. Gear says go. Will the trail let me get to Canada?