29th July

0 miles 

Pinedale (1636.5) 

Happy 21st birthday to me (again). Actually, I’m 46 now. Sometimes I think about my life. According to society I am in the prime income earning years of my life. Instead I choose a life of adventure. Not one regret. One day I’ll find a way to help and inspire others to adopt a similar life to mine. Stay tuned, I’m thinking and working on it now.

I took a day off the trail to rest the body and find out what I needed to do for the fires. I also needed to find out what I needed to do to get camping permits for Yellowstone National Park. I prefer to just let things evolve rather than have set plans on when I’ll be somewhere.

The fires in the Wind River Range area near the town of Dubois seem very serious. Part of the CDT is closed but a minor detour has been in place with only a minor inconvenience to hikers. None of us mind the detour. But we all hope the residents, firefighters and ranchers in the area are safe.

I bought smell proof bags to store my food, known as Opsack bags. I washed the sweat and food smells out of my backpack. It needed a wash. And for my time in town I consumed as much healthy food as my body would allow. I also had a beer or three at the brewery. I shouldn’t have but what the heck. 

Also, an update on my Plantar Fasciitis. I’ve been diligently stretching and massaging my feet and achilles region. It’s still tender from time to time but very manageable. Thank you to all the kind people who have given advice. I’ve taken all of it in board and found what works for me, which is stretching and massage of the affected areas. Again thanks.

Another thing. I was in a store today and everybody was talking about some sort of Pokemon thing. I suddenly realised I’ve been wasting my life away with all this hiking and cycling the last couple of years or not.

how i spent most of my time in town

26 Responses

  1. Dave

    Happy birthday Shepherd I’m glad you’re feeling better maybe just a day or two of rest will get you on the trail again

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Much better and further down the trail, or up the trail

  2. Chris

    You could be the Pokemon Go world champion if you just walked with your phone up to your face all the time!

  3. Steph

    Hey, don’t knock Pokemon Go, it gets socially awkward and anxious peoole who live behind their computers outdoors! Glad you’re feeling better and your PF isnunder control 🙂

    • BikeHikeSafari

      My PF is good at the moment but cones and goes, I’m stretching and massaging a lot to stay in trail. I still don’t know what Pokemon is, thankfully.

  4. Anne

    I think you are moving too fast for Pokémons anyway. Seriously! Have a nice day rest, enjoy the healthy foods and the extra couple of beers (any nice local brewery around?) Cheers 🙂

    • BikeHikeSafari

      I ate a coupe if nice salads and burgers at the local brewery. Very nice

  5. Heather

    You are accomplishing something far more amazing than catching Pokemons. Glad to read that the foot is better, and hope you get some well-deserved rest! Happy birthday!

  6. Margaret Buckles

    you did not mention the diarrhea….. important to do something about that…….

  7. anna

    You are the coolest 46 year old I “know”! Glad you are rested up and ready to tackle the trail again!

  8. sgmdwk

    You already are inspiring others, just by posting your wonderful blog. Keep it up. You have many fans.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks, I hope I can inspire people to get outdoors

  9. Paul Smith

    Hi Shepherd. Find a way to be a surrogate egg hatcher for Pokemon players and you will be the first Pokemon millionaire. To hatch eggs from incubators players need to walk kilometers as measured by GPS. Wouldn’t it be great if thru-hikers could fund their trips by selling their mileage to Pokemon players! …just a matter of time

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Really, that’s possible!!!!
      Making money while thru hiking, I’m in. Now I just need to know who Pokemon is!!!

  10. Sarah

    We’re Birthday twins! I turned 46 yesterday (30th) as well.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Almost, mine is the 29th. 1970 was a good year.

  11. mjirving

    We’re almost birthday twins as I turned 46 on June 2nd. I guess that means I’m the older/wiser one. 😉


    • BikeHikeSafari

      Without doubt you are the older, oh, and wiser. 🙂

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