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PCT Day 89 The Virtues of Thru Hiking

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 14th July 2015

Mileage 0

Old Station (1378.9)

Flexability, patience and adaptability. Just three virtues of importance for a hiker on the PCT. Several days ago I ordered new gear to arrive at Old Station Post Office. Some but not all of my gear arrived. I could be upset or I could be flexible and have patience and adapt to the change in my plan.

Almost every hiker I know has been put in a position where it was not the trail that tested them but it was off trail issues. Some people learn to embrace the setbacks, some do not.

This morning I bid fairwell to Hummingbird, Teflon and KC. They all continued the long trek North. Mr & Mrs Smith and I waited for packages. So our group is split again.

As I mentioned earlier some packages arrived, some didn’t. I got my new camera. Sorry for the lack of quality photos lately, the old camera became temperamental, not to mention the scratched lens. I’m a happy hiker now. 

As a result of the enforced layover I shall be attempting to average more than 30 miles a day of hiking for the next week to catch up, that’s more than 48km per day. Fairly ambitious, yes. Possible, yes. I figure I can do it for several days.

So I’m resting, relaxing and recharging before completing the Northern California Section. While staying at the RV Park at Old Station BearLee brought rice, taco meat, burritos, salsa and beers to the room. A kind donation from Tom and Dan who shouted us the glorious dinner. Thank you.

I’m looking forward to birthday celebrations in Ashland, Oregon, 350 miles away in 2 weeks! Both Mr Smith and I hope to celebrate our birthdays there. Can we do it? 

BearLee with the beers
waiting for packages
dinner

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Brad is an Australian who has completed the hiking Triple Crown after he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail. He has hiked on every continent (except Antarctica) and has cycled from Alaska to Ecuador. He is an expert on outdoor gear currently living in Chile.

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6 thoughts on “PCT Day 89 The Virtues of Thru Hiking”

  1. Those sure are big days ahead – look forward to hearing that you get to Ashland in good health and spirit for a well earned celebration!

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  2. Your’s is the first blog about the PCT that makes me want to hike it. I can’t yet due to practical reasons but am swapping a cycle tour of Turkey to a hike of the 510km Lycian Trail. Not epic like the PCT but inspired by it. Thank you

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    • That’s awesome. Cycle touring and hiking are similar in many ways. Good luck with the hike, I’ll be sure to read about your trip. Oh and the PCT is a great journey (so far), I’m sure you would enjoy the challenge.

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  3. If we’re lucky we may meet again! I’ll be hiking Crater Lake to Mt McLaughlin at the end of July…round two of my trail magic perhaps? :-)
    -GoalTech

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