We make it into the little village Trout Lake with no problem. A trail angel living here seems to enjoy shuttling hikers from and to the trail head!
Happy Arrival in Cascade Locks!
We don’t need to hitch into town, the PCT goes right through it.
We are pretty close to the Bridge of the Gods now, the border to Washington!
Having a shower, sleeping and waking up in a real bed is indeed very nice!
We order an Uber Taxi and get a ride downtown Bend to have a coffee and meet up with Andy!
So I am having breakfast with Cowboy at the Fishlake Resort.
“I am going to get a ride up to Crater Lake”, he says. “I have blisters and am done hiking for now”.
It’s Sunday morning. I prepare a cardboard sign to make the hitch out of Ashland to the trail a little easier. Read more
I am in my big motel bed in Ashland, and am just laying here with pillows under my legs to elevate them.
I made it back to Etna. My heart is very heavy, but I will push on.
What have we read on that blaze the other day. PCT = Persistence Creates Toughness. And I need to be more tough. Yes I do.
The only Motel in Etna has no vacancy. It is the 4th of July weekend.
We could of course camp in the park, but we both are ready for a bed and a proper shower.
The times are very emotional. After a high which lasted for almost three months, I need to try to control my emotions.
Felix and Andy tell me that they have now both decided to stop hiking, at least for the moment, as there is just too much snow out here still.