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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Wed, Aug 31st, 2011
Start: mile 2074
End: mile 2097
Daily Distance: 23
Trip Distance: 2,081.7
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On to Timberline Lodge
Now we have an interesting issue.
We are at mile 2074. Timberline Lodge is at 2107. We could do 23 today and camp near the highway (mile 2097) then hoof it up the hill tomorrow for the last 10 miles. Or, here's an idea, when we get to the highway, we hitch up to Timberline, eat some good chow, spend the night, leave our packs there then tomorrow, down hike the hill and hitch back up.
Ok, why not. Barb was whipped from the previous 4 days and a cold front had moved in. We could camp near the highway or we could float around in the Jacuzzi at Timberline lodge - hmmmmm.
Pancake speed. Timberline, food, cold beer, shower, jacuzzi, food (didn't I say food already?). Oh, and a real computer that I could mash away on for many hours.
It was perfect trail, gentle downhill for most of the afternoon. We were maintaining about 3 mph and hit the highway at 3:15. Twenty three miles in eight hours!
It is a tough hitch from here. Cars whizzing by at 60. We went up the highway to a spot that would give the cars enough time to pull over. Not much luck. Then an angel appeared in a small car. Her name was Laura and she had attempted a thru hike a few years ago. She was up here from California hiking the Northwest. Having driven over to see what the PCT looked like at the highway crossing, she spotted us and gave us a lift all the way up to Timberline Lodge (about 10 miles). She wasn't going there but did it out of kindness. Said it was good to pay back some of the good Karma she received while hiking. Thank you so much Laura.
We checked in. It is such an elegant hotel. Like going back to the 1930's. The rates are a lot less on the weekdays and we were here on a Wednesday. We signed up for two nights (I think about $ 135 per night). We had beaten our schedule but we still had 10 miles to do. Showers, food, jacuzzi. it is so nice here and the place has been recently refurbished. The rooms are so cute and the food is exceptional.
The saying from Billy Goat was back in my head but the word "Life" had substituted the word for "Trail". "Drink it in for you may not pass this way again."
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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