Day 98: Zero in B-Town

July 21, 2017: Hiked zero miles!

I woke up around 5:30 this morning and was not even close to being ready to wake up. I went pee, went back to bed and slept until after 7:00 when the lambs decided they were roosters today and it was time to wake up.

We had a relaxing morning. Jeanine made us a great breakfast. I can’t remember the last time we had an actual meal for breakfast. I spent the morning drinking coffee and updating my blog, doing laundry, and sorting through supplies for the next section of the trail. We helped Jeanine go through her pack and her food as she will be joining us next week for a week hiking on the trail.

In the afternoon we met up with Colton’s old boy scout master, Greg, and his son, Travis. Travis actually rerouted a section of the PCT that we walked yesterday for his eagle scout project. The old trail just walked a dirt road for awhile so he orchestrated a reroute that actually made a new trail through the trees and shrubbery to avoid a road walk under the powerlines. We met up and walked the section of the trail he constructed and he told us about the whole process it takes to reroute the PCT, includong doing studies on the land, getting approval permits, funding, and mapping the new trail out. 

And then the actual process of making a new trail. Brushing, limbing trees, digging out rocks, adding smaller rocks to make a sturdy trail, shaping the trail. I never thought about how much work it takes to construct even a small section of the trail. It really gave me a new appreciation for the PCT and all it takes for us to be able to hike it. 

Here’s a sign he constructed for the section:

After we hung out with Travis and Greg for a bit we were driving back to Burney when what do we see but another PCT hiker hiking down the highway. We picked him up and gave him a ride into town. It was cool to be on the other end of the hitchhiking stick for once. We dropped him off at McDonald’s and informed him on all of Burney’s nightlife, aka, the bowling alley bar. Crazy Friday night.

After we dropped him off, we ran into one of our friends we hadn’t seen in a while so we stopped to talk for awhile and then ran over to Safeway to shop for a few last minute supplies. 

We picked up a couple packages that Leslie has sent us and were sooo excited to see what she had sent us. Mountain House meals, peanut butter packets, Snickers peanut butter bars, and new socks. She knows us too well! I might have tried one of the peanut butter Snickers. 

I mean, I had to make sure it was good before I took it on the trail, right? Well they passed the test. Definitely coming on the trail. And they’re 130 calories each and weigh less than an ounce. These might be my new favorite candy bar. Thank you Leslie! You are amazing!

We came home and packed up all our food and were of course starving by that point so we raided the fridge and ate everything we could find. Sorry Jeanine and Jim!

Now we’re having a relaxing evening watching America‘s Got Talent. I haven’t seen this show in a long time and I think it should be renamed America‘s Got Weird Talent. Where do people come up with these ideas? Seriously?

And of course we can’t leave town without a little bit more grasshopper pie. 

Make it. Just do it.

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