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Dusty Roads - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2017

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Dustin "Traveling Dusty Roads" Stensland
City: Laporte
State: Minnesota
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 29, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Aug 8th, 2017
Start: Mile 1676 Campsite
End: Mile 1710 Campsite
Daily Distance: 34
Trip Distance: 1,741.0
Hours Hiked: 14
Min Temp: 65
Max Temp: 85
Breaks: 2

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Entry Visits: 573
Journal Visits: 42,442
Guestbook Views: 344
Guestbook Entrys: 10

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Day 102. I'm an Oregon hiker finally!

I'm only 12 miles away from the Oregon border. While others had bought border beers, I hadn't wanted to drink a warm beer on trail. I was so excited to finally have finished California that I didn't even take a break to rest until the Oregon border where I ate my breakfast, lunch and more snacks to celebrate with a trail feast. In the hours hiking up to the border I thought that I'd feel resentment towards California, and that I'd want to scream out "fuck you California!!" at the top of my lungs. But when I got to the border, and I thought I'd scream out the profanity, I felt tranquility and pride. I thought of what California gave me, the memories and the gorgeous vistas. At that point I couldn't feel negativity towards something that I've been enjoying for 3 months no matter how badly I wanted to arrive in the next state.

How does rain know to stay out of California? It hasn't so much as dribbled on me since the first week of the hike, yet when I crossed into Oregon it began thundering and lightning the rest of the day. Within 3 hours of crossing the border it finally began sprinkling on me, and within 5 it was a light drizzle. A small part of me was happy to hike in something other than 90 degrees and sunny. A part of me wanted to stop and set up camp, but most of me wanted to get that 30+ miles in so I could be as close to Ashland as possible. Right when I thought it was going to downpour I walked out of the storm and the last 2 hours of the day was dry as can be.

I hiked until 9:15 pm, where I found a small but perfect tent site to camp. The ground was soft and Ashland only 5 miles away. I still didn't get to bed until 11:30 as I had to eat and surf the web as I had cell signal again. I love being in Oregon, if only half of the state where the PCT goes through wasn't on fire. :p

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