It was an easy 6 miles of downhill hiking to Togwotee Lodge, half of which was on a main highway. I had an early start, mainly courtesy of a 4am rain shower which has me scrambling for my rain fly. It didn’t look like rain when I pitched my tent last night.
Togwotee Lodge exceeded my dirty, smelly thru hiker expectation. An all you can eat buffet breakfast for $8. I ate the equivalent of 3 pineapples, 2 rockmelons, 1/2kg of granola with yogurt and 6 bagels with cream cheese. It might sound excessive or even glutinous but live a day, week or month in my thru hiking shoes and you would do the same. Oh how I loved the fresh fruit…..
I showered for $5 and washed my clothes for another $2.75. It’s good to be clean, sometimes. I settled into the bar area to charge my electronics, see what the world was up to and open my resupply package I sent myself. Then I ate. Again. And again. Two lunch meals and they were generous sized meals. I think that today was the hungriest I’ve been on the whole hike. I just needed the calories. I felt so much better.
It was late afternoon when I hiked out of the lodge. I needed to hike about 11 miles to get back on the official CDT. I took an alternate route to get to the lodge. Well worth it. Tomorrow I’ll be camped on the border of Yellowstone National Park, all things going to plan.