Day 11: 34ish | 265.7

Slept on the couch last night. Woke up at 5:15 and got a ride back to the “trail” by 6:15. Pretty sweet that we got a free stay last night, first real trail magic. 
Anyways, I would not recommend doing this long detour around the closure. It’s really a mind fuck to put in all the time, effort and money to walk something that’s not the PCT. Only do it if you’re really into the “unbroken footstep” thing. 
We had a long road walk to start, I felt like a zombie during that. Road walking just sucks life out of you. Eventually got on a dirt road and pretty much walked that the rest of the way. Got to an intersection where Sonic wanted to take an alternate route that would get her back on PCT mile 255ish. Junco and I took a different route that got us back on trail at mile 262. After about 30 detour miles we finally made it back to the PCT at 4PM. 
After a break, we decide to go just 3.8 miles to a campsite. Got there around 5:45 and decided to call it another early day. Pitched my tent, ate food, brushed my teeth and I’m now laying in my bag at 7:25. It’s still bright out so in the future I intend to hike until 7ish unless I feel like shit. 
My gear so far has been good. The ULA pack is nice but I do miss having a brain pouch. If I could go back in time I’d probably get a Big Agnes Fly Creek instead of the ZPacks. My Neoair is still holding strong even after the AT, the only thing I don’t like about it is that it takes a while to put away in the morning. I want to try a torso pad, but I’m a side sleeper. I used thin pads in the Marines so I should be used to it. My 20 bag from ZPacks is still good, I bought an X-long so I can curl up in it. I think it’s losing its fill though. My Sawyer Squeeze is still leaking, can’t believe I lost that little ring inside it. I’ll try and deal with it.
Side note, I’m finally able to button my pants. I bought them XS because I knew how skinny I got on the AT. I should probably try and eat more though, I don’t eve think I’m getting 2,000 calories a day. 
I think I’ll go for my first official 30 mile day tomorrow. 


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