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Day 138 - 8/14/18

August 24, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Mile 1799.3 to 1820.9 for 21.63 miles plus a 1 mile road walk to get to Mazama Village where we picked up a resupply box and camped for the night. Elevation gain of 2260 and loss of 2840. Hiking at 6:45 and into camp at 4:00. We hiked through timber for the first few miles then transitioned into a devastating burn area from last years intense fire. This lasted for at least 12 miles. Lots of downed trees and the trail tread was good, but like walking through ones fireplace ashes. A cloud of ash bubbling up around us the entire time. I was able to experience more of this being shorter and eating Jerry’s ash cloud. Jerry states this is the dirtiest his feet have gotten after one day. At one point he challenged me to go as quickly as I could for one hour. I hiked 3.8 miles while taking several photos. Apparently I was called a speed demon by one young woman I passed during this challenge. I do not feel like a speed demon. Skies were less smokey today. At Mazama Village we showered and did laundry. I find it curious that campgrounds put hikers the furthest distance away from facilities like restaurants and stores, and put campers who have vehicles closest to everything. The hiker area was about a half mile away. This can be irritating when one has already walked 20 plus miles. Had a nice dinner at the restaurant. We were surprised to run into multiple young hikers who had loudly proclaimed at South Brown Mountain Shelter a few days ago that they were doing 30 plus miles each day, but then they arrived at Mazama Village after us! While we had been were doing our 20 mile days. They had not taken a zero. You can’t always believe the talk on the trail. I’m sure some of these have done “30s” but not on a routine basis. 

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