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City: Gilbet
State: Arizona
Country: United States
Begins: May 12, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jun 16th, 2009
Trip Distance: 653.2

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 681
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Day 107 - 0 miles

I got a ride into town with okie girl as she was going in anyway. I was going to go to the library but decided to just catch a ride back with her rather than hitch. I relaxed the rest of the day.

Day 108 - 21 miles

I got a late start this morning. I walked across some lava fields this morning with views of the jagged volcanic mountains of 7 sisters wilderness. I stopped and filled up in 1/4" blueberries, which were really huckleberries. I came across a cooler with sodas in it which was great. My shins and feet are getting sore and they are still sore when I wake up in the morning. I camped on a ridgeline overlooking a lake. I cooked dinner low on water because the lake was too far down to go get water. Strider ended up giving me 1/2 liter which was good enough to get me by.

Day 109 - 26 miles

It was a really scenic day walking among the jagged volcanic peaks. Mt. Washington had a really awesome glacier on it. I stopped and filled up on huckleberries. I lost my camera somewhere which had alot of pictures on it. I'm thinking its about 2.5 miles back so I will go back in the morning and check. I setup camp near a stream in a tall pine forest.

Day 110 - 20 miles

It was drizzling and cold this morning with high winds. I started back to look for my camera and met Bamboo Bob who had picked it up at a muddy stream crossing. Glad I didn't have to go back the 2.5 miles. I climbed over a pass and crossed a small glacier. There were some really nice views today. I setup camp near a lake. I was tired today, the miles are taking their toll on my body.

Day 111 - 26 miles

I took the gel inserts out of my shoes today. My inserts had compressed leaving too much arch support. Thats why my feet are hurting so much, I think. My right foot feels great and my left foot feels alot better. I hope that is all it was. I walked really slow today but made the miles faster which I still haven't figured out why that is. It was all woods walking today with few views. I camped near a spring fed lake with a bunch of noisy peopl on the other side. My water filter is getting really plugged so it is nice to have spring water to drink which requires no filtering.

Day 112 - 24 miles

It was raining all day today. There were dry places under cedar trees to stop for break though. I walked 2 miles to a cheveron station and got a couple days of food to make it to Cascade Locks. I setup camp near a stream. There was light rain all night, but I was warm and dry inside my tent. I started a bear near camp which ran off through the huckleberries.

Day 113 - 16 miles

I packed up a wet tent this morning but the down bag I have was dry. I walked through the rain and sleet to a lodge where I stopped for some coffee. I decided to hit the lunch buffet so I waited around for it. It rained all day and I hiked into the night. I setup my tent in the rain and the temperature was in the 30's. It was pretty miserable and I was concerned about my bag getting wet and getting hypothermia. People have died from hypothermia in this same situation hiking the PCT.

Day 114 - 17 miles

It was raining when I woke up so I stayed in my tent until I got a break in the weather. It rained until early afternoon and then started clearing up. The sunshine felt great. I had some really good views of Mt. Hood with a fresh covering of snow. I camped near a lake. It was too wet to build a fire so I had peanut butter sandwiches for dinner.

Day 115 - 14 miles

I hiked into Cascade Locks, which is on the border of Oregon and Washington. I setup camp on the Columbia river. I have to wait for my guidebook for Washington to come in so I will probalby have a zero mile day here. I think I have a stress fracture in my left foot, which if it is will take a few months to heal and might put me out for finishing the PCT this year.

Day 116 - 0 miles

I hung around relaxing all day. I got some bacon and eggs and some smoked salmon from the local indian fishermen here. The salmon was excellent but a little pricey. I did get a good deal because I only had $ 5 cash on me. I finally got everything dry today. My guidebook didn't show up so I will wait until tomorrow.

Day 117 - 0 miles

Still no guidebook but I can use the time off. I'm certain now that I have a stress fracture and I am seriously considering quitting the hike with 500 miles out of 2,650 total to go. I still have tonight to thinking about it but I am leaning towards going back home. The stress fracture won't heal for months and more than likely will just get worse the more I walk on it. I'm not going to cripple myself just to finish the PCT this year.

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