An early morning start had me stumbling towards Wind Creek, 13 miles away, before 11am. It was here beside the big bridge I saw a bikini, the first I’ve seen in a loooong time. All I could manage was “morning” to the cute blonde as she looked up from her book. If I wasn’t shy enough before, five months in the woods certainly helped matters. It’s not as if I could hold a decent conversation at that point anyway with my mind on resupply at Stabler Country Store.
My box was there and it weighed a lot. It’s the one I packed in Bend and I must have been hungry at the time. I have far too much food. Especially chocolate, but I’ll give it my best shot.
A few easy miles later I crossed Panther Creek and began the real work of the day. Laden with all that food I climbed 3,000ft in the shaded (and thus airless) forest. On the way I met Elliot and Tel, two Texans doing Washington, and Oats and Moonshadow, first seen at the Saufley’s three months ago.
Tonight I stopped near a spring in an area cleared of ground cover with enough room for several tents. Vlad (the Impaler) sat here for a while and we got to talking about his long walks around various continents. He’s even done some big ones in Japan that sound very interesting. He’s expecting to finish before Sept 20th so I doubt I’ll see him again, which is a pity, such worldly knowledge is rare on this American trail.
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Cascade Locks to White Pass