At some point Grouse/Quickstart and I stop giggling like we’re at a sleepover, and actually get to sleep. In the morning we chat with Chipmunk and Triple S who were in bed by the time she got in last night. Maybe we’ll see them later that day? We make tentative plans to get a beer together that night.
By the way, Grouse/Quickstart doesn’t want to be called either of those names, she went by those two and a third one that I never learned on the AT, she didn’t feel any of them fit, so time to start over. We hitch a ride to town with an expat originally from Rhodesia in a sweet old green Ford. We get dropped off at Ruby’s which is a recommendation we’d had; they pretty much have one type of breakfast- burritos- but hey! I love Mexican food so yay. I confuse them by getting no eggs but scrambled tofu with meat sausage. Also I get hyped up on coffee, I think Grouse-Quickstart (this is really getting annoying, hey? But I feel like I should not use real names to keep a ‘lil privacy?) is getting juiced too. She seems pretty amenable to whatever and I think it’s ok for her to not necessarily hike right away since she’s been working? So today is pretty much planned to be a zero. She has a reservation for the hostel tonight, which is where her first resupply and poles are. Hopefully I can get in there too.
I want to make boxes for Oregon at least, maybe even Washington. I read about this amazing place called Shop ‘n’ Kart in Ashland on Carrot Quinn’s blog, I want to go out thataways. In the meantime we wander around town and look at vintage clothes for real life in thrift stores and wander the Co-op for overpriced health food stuff. Eventually tho I need to get this resupply jawn done. When looking on the map I see that Goodwill is also in the same shopping center, along with another discounty store that might have groceries. At some point we head over. It takes us a little while to get a hitch, but not TOO long. Goodwill is not that great, I can’t find a dress, but I do find a (to me) super boring but ok teal athletic shirt and short black running shorts, something I have never ever worn in my life. I don’t even understand this, I have never hiked in shorts before.
At Shop ‘n’ Kart I nearly have a heart attack at the underpriced healthy snack types, and decide I’m resupplying for not just Oregon, but also Washington. I buy the entire stash of Pamela’s grain-free Ambition bars, like 50 or 60 of them. I take a long time…is Grouse-Quick Start annoyed? IDK, it seems like she’s grabbing things she wants and doesn’t need either. I also stop in this other store that’s basically Kmart of the 2010’s and buy lots of almond M&M’s and licorice Scotty dogs. I think I will like this? Later I end up throwing all of them out. Why do I always have too much food?
At some point we get back to the hostel, hang out with other hikers, go out to try to find the Germans, but they aren’t there, get dinner anyway. I totally have hiker hunger and feel sheepish. Ok, well at some point tomorrow we will hike!
What actually happens is not hiking for much of the day again. Buy more things at Safeway. Then get my new backpack from the post office and then mail all my boxes which takes some time. Then ice cream because why not. Then hitch to UPS because I remembered at the last minute Shelter Cove won’t accept USPS packages. The lady who gives us the UPS hitch is awesome- she also gives us a ride to Callahan’s, where we promptly don’t start out for the trail, but eat spaghetti. The owner offers us a ride to the trail (we missed like 1 mile, sue me) and then at maybe 7:30 we actually hike a mile before setting up in this super mosquito-ridden spot on the side of a meadow with some other hikers. Oh well, better than nothing! I do admit that I’m pretty relieved to not have to worry about resupply for the rest of my time, I 95% used maildrops on the AT, it was so much easier/stress-free than my mixed strategy so far on the PCT.