We woke after a great night’s sleep and I made a list of my resupply as Mark Trails and I drank coffee in the town park.
I figured 5 days of food for whatever I get up to, that would be plenty to head up to the Divide at Pole Creek, or some other route that looked good.
After resupply we said our good byes and we both headed our seperate directions. I walked the road south and west out of town…I knew I would have a lot of road miles, and AFFIRMATIVE, the feet are pounded.
I could not have had a better day of views though, wow! At one point some young girls pulled over to ask me what I was doing, and I had a good time seeing the gleam in their eye as I discribed my hike.
Just as I was getting ready to drink some muddy snow-melt, I convinced myself to walk to the next set of buildings in case I could get water from a store or person up the way. I’m sure glad I waited cause there sure was a store and I had just made it before closing. One Sprite and Milkyway later I was on the porch filling my water when Doug, a guy who worked there who had seen me hiking a few days before, had dropped off some trail magic at my pack…beer!
Yes! How nice!
I walked a few more miles to where I would take forest service road 520 up to the Divide, and pulled off to climb a bluff and make camp.
It was a quiet, introspective, and calm day of walking.