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PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 23.07.2018

At mile 2144.8. Hiked 26.4 miles today. At some point today I decided to hike all of the way into Cascade Locks, but with 1.8 miles to go I  came across a good tent site next to a creek and decided it would be less hectic to stay there than to enter town late and try to get to the campground. I had considered motels, but the Best Western is $250 per night and other motels are not much better than camping. If a motel doesn’t offer a bathtub...

PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 22.07.2018

At mile 2118.4. Hiked 21.5 miles today. I got a late start after a morning visit to the Timberline Lodge to wash socks and charge battery. Being well rested after an easy day yesterday, the morning hike was as good as it gets. The walk had beautiful views, cool and pleasant weather, and an easily walked trail. The one mishap was when I slipped on very slick mud. One foot slid forward until I was nearly doing a split. My other leg bent at the knee until the knee...

PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 20.07.2018

At mile 2096.9. Hiked 7.4 miles today.  This morning I hiked a half mile and was at 1000 miles remaining to finish the PCT. I continued to Barlow Road where there was a picnic table and trash can. I rid myself of my hiker trash and proceeded across the road. I saw two trails across the road but could t find any PCT sign or marker. Checking my GPS, I saw that the trail did not quite cross the road right here. Following GPS I returned to the picnic...

PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 20.07.2018

At mile 2089.5. Hiked 24.9 miles today. Near the end of the day as I crested a hill, I was rewarded for pushing through sore muscles with a stunning view of Mt Hood. When I wake up tomorrow morning and finish hiking my first half mile, I’ll have hiked 1650 miles and have 1000 miles remaining.  The morning was tough. My legs were sore until after I took a break at 12 miles. During this long break, I slept, ate, and rested. Eventually after walking again, the muscle soreness went away....