Day 107 – From tentsite to Seiad Valley, mile 1653

Aug 5.

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Got up 5.30am, on trail after mini breakfast in tent at 6.15am.

Water stop at Paradise Lake. Heard first barking from wild dogs, followed by howling… Guess I heard the first time wolves!

Stop at 10am with 10 miles, a break for the feet with some stretching. A curious squirrel sits on a close tree and starts whistling… Also never heard a squirrel before.

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Walked into a group of 4 deer – one of them was small with cute spots on its fur. Finally saw a baby deer! A day of animal encounters it seems…

Lunch 1.15pm at mile 1641 at Grider creek – only 12 miles more for the afternoon.

The last miles into Seiad Valley turned into a long roadwalk. But here were were so many bushes with blackberries and some variant of raspberries…

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Seiad Valley is a very small community. But the general store was open until 8pm, so I had no trouble getting resupply for the remaining 2-3 days to Ashland. The Seiad Cafe next to it had already closed in the afternoon, so I ate for dinner what I had bought in the shop. I pitched my tent in the RV park on the other side of the store. Shower, bucket laundry, charging phone and powerbank… falling asleep around 9pm.

Another 30 miles day.

Day 104 – From tentsite to tentsite, mile 1583

Aug 2.

Started 6am after a very quick breakfast. Hiked for the first few hours with Crumbs, we had a nice chat.

10 miles by 10am. Smoke seemed a bit better – only in the valleys, it stayed rather visible.

Lunch 1pm 1571, 17 miles done. Not bad at all. Feels like I might be able to do around 30 miles again today.

Gusty, Stuckfoot and I aimed for a last water at mile 1582, that would make it a 29 miles day. The spring was a bit off trail and pretty slow. I waited a while for my turn, Gusty and Stuckfoot caught up on me. They decided to have dinner at the spring and continue afterwards. Crumbs was already ahead.

The free roaming cows have bells here – like in the Alps!

Pretty tired around 7pm, I left the spring trying to find the next tentsite. There were 4-5 hikers ahead and the terrain was steep, so I was a bit worried about find a spot to pitch my tent soon. There was nothing on the ridge – I had to walk close to a mile to finally find a single spot.

Pitching my tent at 7.45pm.

30 miles. Today was a better day than yesterday. Looking forward to hit Etna tomorrow.

Day 100 – From Ash campground to Dunsmuir, mile 1499

July 29.

Started 6.45am after breakfast. Quite fast this morning… No problem to complete 10 miles by 10am.

Kept thinking about the plan for today… Push for 30+ miles and go to town already tonight or take it easier and hitch into town only tomorrow morning.

I had done 16.5 miles by 12.45pm, lunch break at a tentsite at mile 1485.

Only 13.7 miles to the highway 5 leading into Dunsmuir – so I will attempt to go to town today.

Twilight due to the smoke the whole day – not easy on the soul.

Short before the highway, I hit the 1500 miles marker. On day 100. ๐Ÿ˜

Made it to the highway 5 around 7pm. Hitchhiking was surprisingly easy – considering I was hitchhiking the first time directly on a highway with the cars speeding by. An older couple was also trying to get a ride to Dunsmuir/Mt Shasta. After maybe 20 minutes, a car stopped with place for all three of us.

I got into Dunsmuir 7.45pm. I confirmed my AirBnB reservation at Hotel California in the center of the little town. Dinner in the Pizza Factory just next door.

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Tired. Feet and legs are sore. Also the knees were complaining the last miles.