Old cabin to Ashland – 27 miles (44km) – 1717 miles total.
A New State! 🎉 Finally out of California and into Oregon.
A thunderstorm and rain came in overnight. So it was nice to be under a roof. I was expecting everyone to be up super early, so I didn’t bother setting an alarm. However, no one was in a rush to get up, so when I looked at my watch it was already 6.30am.
I got ready and said goodbye to W. It was then a short walk to the border. One state down. Only two to go. The thing I’m most excited about is being in the Pacific Northwest a hotspot for Bigfoot sightings. Here’s hoping! I ran into a Day hiker and I told him why I was excited about being in Oregon, he looked at me like I was crazy. On the other hand, the guy I got a hitch into town with started telling me Bigfoot stories 😂. Pick the kindred spirit.
I’ve made it to Oregon
The trail was pretty good for most of the day. Uphill to start the day, then downhill towards Ashland, which is always faster.
When I stopped for lunch, there was thunder in the distance. So I packed up lunch and walked another 2 miles to a pit toilet. I hung out in the pit toilet for 40 minutes while the worst of the thunder and rain past, then braved the remaining 7 miles.
As I was road walking into town, I got a hitch and was soon meeting B at the hotel. When D arrived we went out for Mexican and I got a medium margarita to celebrate a new state. It was as big as my head! I’d hate to see how big a large is.
Today I am thankful for state crossings.