September 20, 2017: Hiked zero miles!
Another great night of sleep. Life is good. It looks like we are starting to readjust to normal life again. I convinced Colton to do a little workout with me when we woke up. It kicked our butts. After only using certain muscles for months, we were toast in no time. Especially after the pushups. Hiking isn’t the best bicep workout, surprisingly.
Colton spent the morning trying to renew his car insurance since it had lapsed unknowingly. The company had sent him a list of documents he needed to send back to them to renew it, but since we hadn’t been around to check our mail in months, he didn’t know and they had cancelled the policy. After everything that happened this summer with him and cars, I almost feel like he should just give up on driving.
So while Colton yelled at his computer as he tried to upload documents, I made a good breakfast and had a relaxing morning.
Mmm. Real food.
Colton finally figured out all his insurance stuff and we headed down to Redding. He was excited to drive his truck again.
He dropped me off at my brother’s house in Redding, where all of my stuff has been staying, and he went to get a new stereo deck installed in his truck. I think he has been having withdrawals from buying nice things and needed to spend some money now that he has a chance to.
Both my brother and his girlfriend who lives with him haven’t been home for most of the summer since they work for Cal Fire. So they weren’t there when I arrived, but they left me this guy to welcome me home:
I went through my hoards of mail, found some real clothes to wear, blogged, and enjoyed having a house to myself for awhile. Colton came by after his stereo was finished installing to show me his new toy.
He likes it because he can hook his phone up to it and the phone’s apps will show up on the stereo screen. And he can talk to it to text, call people, etc. Personally, I think it’s more distracting than using a cell phone while driving, but we will see.
It was already 3:00 and we were starving so I indulged Colton and we got his favorite… Panda Express. Maybe if he eats enough of it, he’ll get sick of it for good.
We went out to his storage locker so he could put some stuff in it and grab some other stuff. After spending five months on the trail and carrying everything we need on our backs, you really realize what is important and what is not. Colton opened his storage locker and couldn’t believe how much junk he has.
First thing we are going to do when we get back from the Sierras is start selling some of that stuff. Seems a little silly to pay for a storage container for stuff you don’t use or need.
We ran some more errands and I marveled at the beautiful sky. Looks like there might be a bit of a storm coming in.
We went to Walmart to go grocery shopping for this last small section of the trail we are going to finish. And then we came home and packed up all our stuff, did laundry, and made dinner. Well, we heated up some frozen pizzas and tossed a bag of salad. We’re readjusting slowly to the real world.
It was already 8:00 by the time we ate dinner, so we turned on a movie and enjoyed another night of real-ish food and a couch to sit on to eat it.
We tried to be rebels and stay up late to watch a second movie, but by 11:30, we were both more than ready for bed.
These last few days of relaxing, eating, spending time with family, helping out, and slowly readjusting to life in the real world have been fun. But I do already miss some of the simplicity and routine of trail life. No silly errands. No traffic. No distractions. Just one goal every day, walk and survive. These days off will make the very end of our journey even more bittersweet.