The Ballingers of Oregon, parents to Riddle and uncle/aunt to Stretch, have given me the run of their house today and I’ve used the rest day well I think. I posted off my tent after first checking I was indeed able to erect the one Blue Sky has lent me. Also gone is my bounce box and it’s probably a pound lighter than it was now that I am carrying my cold weather gear.
Along with a new tent I have new shoes and socks, even new (ish) trousers and shirts.
After sorting all that I took a leisurely stroll around town and came home via the historic district of Trevitt. Here I passed The Bennet House. An impressive building from a bygone era when turrets, wrought iron stuff and fish-scale pattern shingles were de regueur. I thought it was rather impressive and so does some US historic society.
I’m definitely ready to get back to what I am quickly considering to be the real world. On the trail I know what I’m doing. I’ve organised all my food, I have the maps and if there is any doubt I’ll just go further north. I have been counting the miles and hoping for the end, but right now I just want to disappear back into the woods for a while. This outside world is becoming more and more alien to me. It’s too much like my dream, I want to get back on the trail. I want to sleep on the ground under the stars. I want to get to Canada but I don’t want this to end.
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Little Crater Lake to Cascade LocksDistance today: 0 miles. Total distance: 2155.1 miles