Mile 2139.2 to 2147.1 for 7.9 miles with an elevation increase of 856 feet and decrease of 4036 feet. This is a “nearo” that will be followed by a “zero” in Cascade Locks which is at an elevation of 124 feet. We have not been this low in elevation since we left Seattle on March 29th. It was great to sleep until daylight without an alarm to wake us. Thank goodness we are retired! We have been waking to an alarm everyday except on “zero” days since we began this journey. We woke to cloudy skies that persisted all day and were surprised to find Nick camped next to us. We have not seen him since before Elk Lake. Hiking at 7:45 we arrived in Cascade Locks at 10:45. The trail was a stiff descent and very rocky. Being too early to check into our motel we got a bite to eat. Jerry ordered tator tots but was unable to finish them. I on the other hand feel like a bottomless pit and seem to eat continuously. We picked up our resupply boxes which included our four season tent. Hikers are reporting that WA has been very cold and Fawn mentioned that summer in Seattle seemed to end abruptly. After mailing our three season tent home we got pizza and did laundry. Each time we get to a town and a bed our bodies let down and we realize how tired we really are. Tomorrow will be our first “zero” since Ashland, 428 miles ago.