Day 18: The Perfect Formula for a Vortex Zero

September 28th; Zero miles This entry will start back where I had left off in the hike before being cut off from civilization. The last thing that happened was that the sobohobos and I stumbled into The Howard Johnson in Snoqualmie, WA, which is basically just a ski resort area, after two consecutive, very rough zeros. Def: a Vortex Zero is a “zero” (when you hike zero miles for the day) that is unplanned. I.e. You get sucked in. 1) Bad weather: when we woke up in the morning, you could barely see past the parking lot in front of the hotel. Not very inviting for a day of hiking. 2) A tough, late hike the day before: we all got in either right before or after dark. We were exhausted and sore from the 60 miles in 2 days we had done. My achilles tendons were feeling really tender
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Day 14 (cont.) into Portland

Mile 4933 (almost 5k!) Last night I didn’t get into Portalnd until late. The guys at the Harley-Davidson dealership weren’t done working on the bike until about 4 o’clock. Luckily though, Eowyn was running great again, other than a slightly stiff front fork, and they even cleaned the bike! Perfect for putting it in storage for a month. I left 101 earlier than planned to get to Portland faster and took rt. 126 East to I-5 This was actually a really nice ride, which I was glad to get in with the bike in working order before putting her in storage. When I made it in, I finally got to meet the “trail angel” family that had so kindly offered to let me store my bike in their garage for a month. Their son, “Splints,” had been thru-hiking the PCT (a 2,600 mile long trail that runs from Mexico to
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