1800 miles later
July 15, 2014
Day 94, 1800 miles, one state and many new friends. A few weeks back I crossed the border into Oregon! It was an exciting milestone and with it a slight shift in scenery.
Oregon is beautiful. The trail is simply easier, the forest looks mysterious, older and full of stories. The views are rarer but when you get them it’s different. The only complaint, mosquitoes. So many mosquitoes. I was warned and expected it but it still drives me crazy. It’s hard to enjoy Oregon in some parts, it just gets SO bad! They nearly blot out the sun.
Coming out of Seiad Valley was a dry hot loooong climb with a few gems before the border into Oregon.
… but the following day I made it, Oregon!
I caught up to a few familiar faces, Thirsty Boots, Carlos and Recon. We hiked together for a bit before hunkering down a few miles from highway i-5. The following morning I was the first up and spent the entire morning dusting the spider webs with my face. Fun.
At highway i-5 I managed to hitch a ride into Ashland where I made contact with extended family of my Tehachapi trail angels. They, like their family in Tehachapi, were amazing hosts. They had a beautiful property right outside of town and even took me into a neighboring town to grab new shoes at the REI.
I met up with Tela (now trail named Humming Bird) and we stayed the night at Bills home in downtown Ashland. Bill is a great guy with an amazing life story and a genuine interest for what we were doing. He’s very passionate about cycling, choosing to travel the world on bike and after flipping through his photos I can say he pretty much has. The next day we hit the trail and got a nice view of Shasta from pilot rock. Checkout Tela striking an epic pose.
Tela and I agreed to keep each other company till crater lake, a nice change of pace for me since she hikes a bit slower. On the way we hit the 2/3 mark I can already smell the Canadian bacon.
We stayed at fish lake resort to escape the rain which I don’t recommend anyone stay there. They nickel and dime you like crazy and the accommodations were way below par. The next stretch to crater lake is gorgeous if you can handle the mosquitoes.
At Mazama Village right outside of Crater Lake we hitched into Klamath falls to escape tourists and ridiculous prices. Tomorrow we hitch back to crater and it’s rim walking time!!
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