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Mike Gundry
City: Cameron Park
State: Ca
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 2, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jul 11th, 2018
Start: Forest Camp
End: Forest Camp w/mosquitos
Daily Distance: 31.2
Trip Distance: 1,752.3
Hours Hiked: 11.5
Entry Lat: 42.4772
Entry Lng: -122.2802

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Oregon Rocks

Day 101 Oregon has Rocks too

I had a great night sleep and was up and hiking by 6:15. After a mile I passed the two hikers from last night. They were camped near a creek. I did not want to camp there yesterday because I thought there would be more mosquitos. The terrain continued with the green tunnel but I did get to one spot with a view, of Mount Shasta of course. At least it was to my south. The rest of that view was just rolling hills of green. I had cell coverage so I called my daughter Madelyn to wish her a happy birthday. I then called my other daughter Abigail and we talked a little before I lost my coverage. I reached a paved road crossing and decided to use the open area to rest and eat an early lunch. Its difficult to find a good place to take a break in this forest. I little bit later everything changed. I came to a mountain made of rocks and they were everywhere. My pace dropped and my feet started hurting. Early I had thoughts of a 40 mile day but that all went away when I hit those rocks. The trail makers did an amazing job of putting a trail through the rocks and trying to smooth it out as much as possible. This rocky trail went on for miles. I eventually had to stop and rest my feet for 30 minutes. After about 3.5 hours of rocky trail got passed it. I reached and crossed Hwy 140. This must be a major thoroughfare because while getting water at the creek on the other side I watched many 18 wheelers pass by. I had to load up on water because it would be my last water spot of the day. I was planning on camping before the next water. When I reached my selected campsite I was not impressed with it so I moved on. I hoped to find another within a mile. At a half mile further I found one and when I suddenly stopped all the mosquitos that had been following me bumped into me. The feast was on. I had no desire to hike on and I didnt think the mosquito population was going to reduce further up so the battle was on. Now when I get to camp I like to take a little sponge bath to get the trail dirt and grime off me. The last thing I want to do is lather up with deet. There was no way I was going to be able to run my regular routine today. I quickly sprayed deet on everything and as quick as I could I had my tent up and I just tossed my pack inside and then myself. Once the battle was in the tent I had the advantage and although they bit me twice I was able to kill them all. I then unpacked my pack and cooked dinner in my tent. I did have to venture out to enemy territory to relieve myself and they caught my with my pants down but luckily I didnt pee on myself while wildly swinging my arms about. I jumped back into the tent and only had to kill two that followed me. Hopefully I get going in the morning before they become active.

I can see them swarming around my tent looking for any weaknesses in my defenses,

Salty

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