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PCT Loco
City: Redondo Beach
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: May 8, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 26th, 2009
Start: Cascade Locks
End: Rock Creek
Daily Distance: 20.3
Trip Distance: 1,064.8

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columbia river

Oregon Day 19

I started my hike today at the leisurely hour of 11:30. What a tough life! Lounged around the hotel for a while, then went to the Char Burger for lunch. Started across the Bridge of the Gods, over the Columbia River, with freshly washed clothes and body. Mind you after hiking for about 5 minutes I smelled again. Oh to be really clean again. Anyway, it was a bright clear day again and the views over the river were awesome. It's a very narrow bridge but they still allow pedestrians. It's a metal grate bridge so one can see below to the river too.

The first 35 miles through Washington makes a huge loop to the west before turning north. There is a short cut, involving just paved roads that takes 15 miles instead of 35. I'm not sure how many hikers take the shortcut, but I didn't. On the other hand, the shortcut is basically flat while the official PCT goes up 3000 ft. I was doing a bit of grumbling during the climb, but the views from the top were awesome. Back to the south, I could see Mt Hood, the Columbia River and at one point even the Bonneville Dam. To the north, I could see 3 big mountains, Mt Adams, Mt St Helens, and maybe Mt Rainier (not sure).

I stopped at 7:30 and was happy to get 20 miles in in 8 hours. I wasn't even really pushing it today. My last night sleeping on the trail. Sigh.

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