Day Seven: A night at a Buddhist Monastary

September 17th; 17 miles Wow, what a trail stop! I think that this was one of my favorite places I’ve ever stopped at while on the trail. I hauled ass this morning to get the 17 miles behind me to the road where I would hitch-hike in to Trout Lake. It was still raining through this morning, but I got to rt. 23 by about 1:30, skipping lunch and just hiking, looking forward to the opportunity to dry off. Even though there was almost no traffic on the road, I got a quick ride in to town in the back of a pick up truck (it was at this point that I noticed that a horsefly bite I had gotten about 5 days earlier on my leg, had not only not healed, but gotten worse with a reddening starting to spread down my leg… a little worrying to say the least). I got dropped off at the town market and
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Day Six: on PCT

September 16th; Approx. 26 miles So it did indeed rain through the night and into the morning but my tent held out quite nicely. Not that it mattered since the wet and dry parts would all end up being stuffed in the same stuff sack. Anyhow, the rain kept up most fo the day, though I later realized that it was more like a thick mist, because when I went in an area without tree cover, it stopped raining. This didn’t mean that my feet didn’t still get soaking wet though. Oh well, whadya gunna do? I met a couple of other thru-hikers today, Thatch and Brazil Nut, and caught up with Hmmm, This gave me a chance to get a better idea where Iwas, and I found out that I should be able to get to the Zen Buddhist Monastary tomorrow. A nice little surprise on a rain day
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