July 11, Day 81 – Beating the heat

We left camp around 6:30 this morning and made a mad dash downhill to the highway where we could hitch a mile and a half to caribou crossroads campground for milkshakes and burgers. Rambo and I were moving the fastest and made it there by 10. We ordered the hiker special of French toast and eggs and a milkshake. Leathermade and another hiker joined us. While we were eating we started talking to two guys who were in the middle of a cross country motorcycle trip. Before they left to go to their next destination, they paid for our breakfasts. We were very appreciative. After filling our bellies, we headed to the river for a nice swim. The water was perfect and we stayed in for close to an hour. It was over 100 degrees today and the next stretch of trail was exposed for the first 4 miles. We used this as an excuse to not hike from 10 – 3. We also got our ice cream bars paid for by a different gentleman. Before we left, I ordered more food. The onion rings were delicious. The owner then drove us back to trail and we started the brutal hot climb at 3:45. Those next 4 miles were rough. I don’t remember the last time I sweat that much. We all struggled up that hill. About 6pm, we made it to a more shaded section of trail and the sun had gone down a bit to make the hiking a little more tolerable. We ended up not getting to camp until 9 and only doing 12 miles in those 5 hours.

From what I hear, the whole west coast has been experiencing a heat wave. I guess that’s why we didn’t feel comfortable being outside in the sun in the middle of the day. It’s good to know it won’t be like this every day for the next few weeks. Crossroads Campground saved us. It’s a nice little RV park but they said most of their business comes from hikers. There were about 20 of us there today and we ate a lot of food. The owner even drives hikers to and from trail if they ask for a ride. He wants us there and we were happy to be there. The milkshakes were some of the best on trail.

Miles: 22.2 Total Miles: 1298.5

Surefoot, Microbe and Rambo crossing a stream.

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