17th August 2015

Mileage 12.8

Bushcamp (2094.2) to Timberline Lodge (2107)

The long miles I covered yesterday gave me the luxury of a sleep in. It was 6.15am when I woke. As could be expected I slept very well last night and any sign of lethargy or pain failed to appear.

I hiked only several miles when I was greeted by Alison (from https://takeahikephotography.wordpress.com) and her mother. Trail magic. They were kind enough to cook up a toasted cheese southern specialty (sorry I can’t remember the name of it), Dr Pepper (my favourite), beer, donuts and other assorted goodies. Several other hikers joined us, Minty Fresh, Over Easy, CC, Hummingbird and KC. Thank you so much for your kindness.

It was late afternoon when Hummingbird, KC and I climbed the long, slow and trail to Timberline Lodge. Legs were burning when we entered the most expensive accomodation I am ever likely to stay in, ever. While standing outside, covered in dirt mixed with sweat I was conscious of being stared at. It was mildly amusing when I caught I lady staring in disgust at the dirt that clung to KCs legs and clothes. And we didn’t smell much better. The shower that night was quite possibly the best ever! There was a surprise visitor in our room. Hummingbirds husband flew in for a surprise visit. After several beers and a steak that would make Fred Flintstone happy I settled in for the worst nights sleep of the whole trip. 



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12 Responses

  1. Gretchen Amann

    You were at Timberline on the 17th which puts you at Cascade Locks on the 21st? If so, I’ll drive from Portland and bring trail magic. But, at the pace you are hiking you may already be past CL. Would be great to see you. Love the blog. Gretchen (from Santa Monica youth hostel)

    Sent from my iPad


    • BikeHikeSafari

      I’m currently at Cascade Locks, I’m a bit behind in the blog. I’m leaving tomorrow morning, send me a message through my contact me page on the blog, might be able to catch up for dinner tonight or early tomorrow, I’ll be back on trail about 10am

  2. Roy Beyer

    The highlight of my day is reading your updates on your blog. Looks like your on the home stretch now,,,stay safe and healthy.

  3. Alison and Matt

    Hey, Shepherd, thanks for the shout out! My mother and I had a great time meeting you and your trail mates. It was very cool to hear about your experiences first-hand while you were in the midst of it all. Thanks for all the hiking tips. (Now I am really scheming of a way to get on the trail myself.) My mother loved the pic of the three of you outside the lodge. I bet you were quite a sight to all the squeaky clean guests around you! Were you able to find some super glue? Send our best to KC, Hummingbird and the gang. Take care.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      The looks we received at the lodge were priceless. I wish I could have taken pictures of the people staring. Good luck with planning to hike the PCT. It’s a hard hike but I’m sure you would be up for it.

      • Alison and Matt

        I bet they hardly recognized you in the dining room. You three really cleaned up quite nicely! Thanks for the encouragement.

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