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Megelhoffjr - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2016

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City: Portland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 4, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 3rd, 2016
Start: Home
End: Stateline trailhead
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 19.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 832
Journal Visits: 4,243
Guestbook Views: 32
Guestbook Entrys: 5

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Getting there... Well Almost

First off I sorry for the extended blackout... No service with T-Mobile. Nancy was so nice as to drive me all the way to southern Oregon so I could start my hike. Sounds like a simple task, but nooooo. The day started off cool, I Googled the the directions, loaded the last couple drop boxes, and stuffed all my shit into the blazer and off we went. After 5 hours of driving we found ourselves in beautiful Applegate, Oregon driving down dirt roads to the Stateline trailhead. After driving nearly 20 miles of unmarked dirt logging roads we came to realize the Google map was crap. It was statrting to get dark so Nancy and I decided we would just setup camp and try again in the morning. I went a bit down a side road and found what look like a sweet little pullout and swung the blazer in. I got out and walked around to be back of the truck and started to unload the camping gear, and when I turn around to drop the stuff I looked up and saw three crosses in a row. Underneath each cross was a vase of flowers. The flowers were not dead, but then they were not alive either. Each cross had what looked like blood that had run down the entire length of the crosses. Just as I saw them so did Nacy and we both looked at each other freaked out, and we both started thowing everything back into the truck as fast as we could. I fired up the blazer and hightailed it out of there all the way back to Medford. Once back into Medford we stopped at an Applebees to get something to eat and regroup. As we were talking about getting a hotelroom the bartender leaned in to say "Aint no rooms available from Ashland to Grants Pass.. Britt Fest" True enough. A few calls and we found ourselves out on the streets. We then came up with the idea of sleeping the blazer, but where? So we headed back out of town to the Applegate Christain Center and found a spot in their parking, and climbed into the back of the blazer and tossed and turned for the next five hours. After excising ourselves of what we saw the night before and a quick map chacked we were at the trailhead in no time. And off to the journey.... Dutchman's Peak first thing in the morning.... More to come later

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My PTC Hike Oregon Section

Michael J. Egelhoff Jr.
PCT Trail Associate Member Since 2005

 

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