July 20, Day 28 – Back where I belong

I woke up, packed up, ate a bunch of leftovers and was at the airport by 10:30. 4 hours later I was walking down the road from the Bozeman airport with my thumb out. Luckily, it only took me about 3 minutes to get a hitch all the way to Big Sky. He dropped me off right at the outskirts of town where there is a thrift store and a gear store. I checked both for a new shirt and was in luck. I’m now sporting a fresh new Hawaiian shirt! After buying this, I walked around the corner to get on the main road into town. I had my thumb out for about 30 seconds when two guys on the side of the road informed me that the bus was about to be there. But I didn’t have to wait for a bus. Right as they were telling me this, a hitch pulled up. She asked me where I was going and I told her the post office. “Same here!” she exclaimed. We ran some errands together and then she dropped me off at the restaurant she works at. Over the next several hours, I ate a panini, a burger, drank 3 ciders and ate a pint of ice cream. Everyone at the restaurant was very welcoming and curious about the hike. The woman who gave me a ride, Renee, and I chatted a bit about the PCT and John Muir Trail as she is taking a sabbatical starting next week to hike the John Muir Trail, part of the PCT, the Torres del Paine circuit in Chile and many other adventures. After I had my fill of food and drink, she told me I could sleep in her yard that was 20 feet from the restaurant doors! Lucky me!

Miles: 0 Total Miles: 419.97

Elevation of Camp: 6,350’

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