I hoof it to Willamette Pass. Take the alternate around Crescent Lake cause I’m not sure I’ll make the rendevous in time.
I get to the pass early. And wait all afternoon.
After a while, I start to wonder: is it the right day? am I in the right place? I’m positive the rendevous was for this day, this afternoon, at the pass.
Some hikers finally show up and their ride offers the use of a cell phone. ‘Gnarly? I’m here’. ‘Oh, we’re at Shelter Cove.’
Well. I’m not too far off in my memory of the rendevous.
Backtrack and Gnarly drive up to where I am at the trailhead, and out of the car pops Stephen! (Stephen who we’ve been trying to catch since our fire detour in Susanville).
It’s another hiker! We say ‘beer’ and he agrees to come hang out in Eugene for a day so we can hike thru Oregon together.
Both of us are excited that there is another human out there on the trail. Oregon is just too quiet of a place.
Hike on. It’s September, people often suggest that we are late, but there are just too many pretty places to see. Can’t just zoom by them.
Team No Hurries quickly morphs to Team Lollygag. Oh, we can hurry and put in the miles when we want too, it’s just that most of the time, we don’t want to.
Stephen calls it Sprint Training with Dances. Walk a bunch of miles. Find a cool spot. Explore. Swim in a Lake. Walk a bunch more.
We are stunned by all the volcanic peaks we walk around. Sisters, Mt Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Mt Jefferson, Hood.
Turn around and we can see where we camped the last three nights. Walk around one mountain a day.
Oregon is fun. Oregon is a lot quicker to hike thru than California, but anyone who told us that Oregon was flat and you get 30 miles a day easy, we’ve definitely come to the conclusion that they are liars (maybe they do walk 30 miles or more a day, but it is definitely not flat.
Finally. To the Bridge of the Gods. The Columbia Gorge. One more state to go!
I have walked approximately 2155 miles! I can do anything now.