2007-08-24 Fast on the flats

August 24th, 2007

After yesterday’s stunning alpine-esque scenery today’s pancake walk was pretty dull. But I made good use of it and did my longest day yet at almost 34 miles. The Noodleheads did even more and people coming southbound reported they were last seen 4 miles north, I expect they did at least 40.

The trail was in good condition and very flat but even so I’ve pounded my feet too much and had I continued I’d be blistered into a rest day. There were no views to be had though a couple of nice sights to be seen. Clackamas Lake and Little Crater Lake are both spring fed from below and have that wonderful clear blue colour so you can see the dead trees sitting on the bottom. In Little Crater Lake’s case that’s 45ft down. I really wanted to swim there but a little family was nearby and I didn’t want a fuss.


Little Crater Lake

Rumble is camped here with me. She did 2,300 miles of the trail in 2003 and started from the beginning this year. I don’t know if I’d have the patience to redo so much of it. A Train just left, putting in a couple more miles to counteract him sleeping later than us tomorrow. Everyone’s talking about the Timberline Lodge’s all-you-can-eat (AYCE) brunch. The lodge was used when filming The Shining, it’ll be cool to see that for real.

Quote of the day: “mmmm, these huckleberries go really well on the instant chocolate pudding” – Me. Just now,.

More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Bend to Little Crater Lake

Distance today: 33.9 miles. Total distance: 2093 miles

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4 Responses to “2007-08-24 Fast on the flats”

  1. Dave O Says:

    Ok, so to put this into perspective… Craig, so far you have walked the equivalent distance of: Cape Reinga to Auckland to Hamilton to Taupo to Wellington to Picton to Christchurch to Dunedin to Bluff to Dunedin to Christchurch to Picton to Wellington to Taupo to Hamilton.
    This of course doesn’t take into account the hills etc that you’ve climbed, and of course the scenery that you’ve seen.
    By the time you have finished you would have walked from Cape Reinga to Bluff and back, and be trekking through Whangarei.
    Dude, you da man.

  2. Peter Says:

    Awesome! Too bad that’s not where the hedge maze is.

  3. jim Says:

    thanks for the blogs & communications.
    i’m stuck in town and living vicariously
    through you & the rest of thru-hikers.

    …and day-dreaming a plan for my long hike.

    - happy trails!

  4. Craig Says:

    That’s it? Dang, I thought I’d be doing laps by now. Just gave up my third pair of shoes. These ones lasted 1,000 miles. Not bad, but my feet are doing better.