Day Three: Zero in Cascade Locks, OR

I did not have a great sleep last night. Rather than pass out as I would have liked, I kept waking up because I could feel my muscles stiffening up. To prevent this, I would keep waking up to change positions before they could cramp up or anything. Nonetheless, I had nothing to wake up for and got to take it easy all day. Even though I never did find my group from yesterday, I did meet quite a few other thru-hikers: El Presidente (who had hiked with the Sobohobos for a while), Swope, Cheeseburger, Hmmmm, Cloudbuster, Turbo, Curly, Double Check, and Calorie (the last two being brothers and the youngest, Calorie, was only 16! But for a variety of reasons he had decided to call it a hike and head home). Overall a good day. I got to satisfy my Root Beer cravings and plan out the next stretch
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Day 1 on the Trail – Timberline Lodge To Salvation Springs

September 11th; Approx. 20 miles Last night I quickly rushed to switch around all my packing to get ready to hike, and then went downstairs to meet everyone more formally (and was also treated to an amazing dinner of eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns). Soon we were all in bed, ready for an early 4:40am wake up. By 8:15 this morning, we had made the drive, I met Farmboy, and the four of us, Splints, FB, their dad, and I, were on our way from Timberline Lodge (actually used as the exterior in the movie “The Shining”). The hiking was great. It felt so good to be on the trail again that I felt I would have no problem with 30 miles, as my friend Barrel Roll was warning me I’d have to do when they caught up to me. Also there were some great views along the way of Mt.
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