Day 118: Walking In The Clouds

Started: Stealth Campsite (2078.1)

Ended: Tentsite (2106.3)

Total Miles: 28.2

Achievements: 2,100 Miles, Timberline Lodge, Wasp Attack, Marathon (6)

When I set up my tent last night, I expected for there to be condensation. I was next to a lake, it was cold, and it rained. I was pleased to find it dry.

My goal for the day was to hike 19 miles to the Timberline Lodge for their all you can eat buffet. I was also buy some additional food to get me through the next two days.

If you have seen the movie The Shining, you’ve seen the Timberline Lodge.

Over the course of the hike, I climbed above the clouds under my own power. That meant cold and wet, but I was ready for that.

I made good time and reached the lodge by one. When I got inside, trail angel Coppertone was there. The food at the lodge was supposed to be the best on trail. He was charged $4 for an orange juice. Other hikers also said that the food was overpriced.

I looked at my food bag and I determined that I have two days worth, so I warmed up and hiked on.

On the way down, i reached 2,100 miles.

Less than a mile from where I intended to camp, I was stung in the calf by a wasp. I’m not allergic to bees and wasps, and normally the pain goes away quickly, but this one hurt. I swatted it away and it came for my face. I just kept on walking.

By hiking on, I will not need to zero in Cascade Locks. I have two days to go 40 miles. I can do that in my sleep.

So, I managed to hike 28 miles by 6:30 p.m. I’m going to read while I relax.

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