Week 17 – Etna CA to Ashland OR (mile 1597 to 1716)

This week flew by on the trail, there was much to see, and a few milestones were reached. The 4800-ft climb out of Seiad Valley was rough, but it also meant climbing up to higher elevation, cooler temps, and leaving behind the last of the poison Oak!
Several of the people who were hiking near me, I’ll probably never see again, as they are doing the “Oregon challenge”. This is hiking from CA border to WA border in 14 days, about 32 miles per day!

Day 97: (July 26th)

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Yup, its a ridgewalk
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DEEP lake, home of Nessie?

Day 98: (July 27th)

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It hailed alot last night!
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I think the bridge is out...its in 2 halves!
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Less than 1000mi to Canada!!

Day 99: (July 28th)

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Hikers love food challenges!
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Bushtit starting the pancake challenge, you get 2 hours to finish
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This horse followed me for a mile

Day 100: (July 29th)

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Hobbes & Poli leading an epic ridgewalk
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MADE IT TO OREGON!
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Made it to Oregon! No dead oxen, broken wagons, or typhoid.
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I love the metric system. Can we just switch already?

Day 101: (July 30th)

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First beer is free at Callahans! Liking Ashland already.

Day 102: (July 31st)

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My seat-mate during my hitch into downtown Ashland

Ashland was a really cool city– organic grocers, used bookstores, outdoor theater, microbreweries, and bicycles and college students everywhere. Felt like home!

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The organic grocery store had a new hybrid. And free samples!
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Picked up some reading material for the trail
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Downtown
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Many businesses put out water for dogs
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Fun!
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Random outdoor free concert
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Nightlife at the Brickroom tavern

Day 103: (August 1st)
No pictures today, had to recuperate from the evening’s activities and do town chores. More miles next week, and possibly crossing paths with Kalmia (“Bonus Miles”), my sobo friend from back home!

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