My first footwear, expensive light weight trail running shoes, almost crippled me after only 4 days of walking. Above are the replacements, the cheapest Nike trainers from Fred Myers, an American supermarket chain, at $48. They saved my feet from further torture and are fantastically comfortable!
Our stove also failed and we had two days of cold rehydrated food. Luckily we managed to get a cheap replacement gas burner and cylinder at the store in Shelter Cove. And guess what? They’re simpler, lighter and easier to use than my ‘state of the art’ camping stove which we’ll post out, off the trail, tomorrow.
The Stats so far are as follows:
- Walked 225 miles
- Seen 9 deer
- Forded 2 rivers
- Passed 540 other hikers of which:
- 12 had dogs
- 8 were on horses
- 1 was barefoot
- 2 were wearing kilts
- 6 were playing music from speakers
- 42 were listening to headphones
- 14 were heading southbound
A dwarf pine at the lake’s edge drawn super fast.
Trying to draw on the trail is a challenge. I’ve nothing hard to press on except my floppy map case and I’m tired at the end of a day walking.
This was an attempt at the Sawtooth Mountains to the south of the lake on the back of a photocopied piece of paper.
Miller Lake where we stopped in the afternoon for a swim.
Heading down the mountain towards Miller Lake.
Above Six Horse Spring where we replenished our water. The altitude is 6,216ft with seemingly endless views to the east and west.
The trail and Oregon are spectacularly beautiful. The wilderness and silence overpowering. This is the view from the lake towards what I think are the Diamond Mountains.
We swam and had an afternoon’s rest here whilst I managed to make a drawing.
Shelter Cove where outside the store another walker commented that the numbers of filthy hikers looked like a ‘hobo convention’. It was true!