Day 72: 40.2 | 1977.3

Got moving a little after six. Bugs were bad from the start. I wore my rain jacket, head net and even gloves for the first half of the day. These mosquitos are relentless. It got better though, when I got to the Elk Lake Resort junction at 11 the mosquitos just vanished. I couldn’t believe. I definitely took the opportunity to sit down and take a break. I also had amazing cell reception there so I updated my blog and surfed the web. 

Sonic came up from Elk Lake while I was breaking. Turns out she did a 50+ mile day and got ahead of me. She hadn’t done any miles at that point so she took off. It was incredible to hike with no mosquitos finally. I guess they were right about it getting better after Elk Lake. However, I heard they’ll come back later on. Oh well. 
My goal was to hit a flat 40 and find a tent spot. The trail was pretty easy but had some small climbs at the end. Finished the day at 8:45 when I walked by a small lake. There’s other non thru hikers here as well. It was great to be able to set up camp without the bugs. I even got to sit down and eat my usual dinner. Also didn’t have to murder a dozen mosquitos in my tent. 
I only have about 15 to Big Lake tomorrow. I should be there by lunch time, I heard there’s no store so I hope the food is good. Also can’t wait to shower and do laundry

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2 thoughts on “Day 72: 40.2 | 1977.3

  1. Hi Chris,

    You are really moving. We will just miss each other when the PNT crosses the PCT. I should cross the PCT in about 2 weeks. Look me up if you hang around the NW for a bit after you hike.

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    • Thanks for the comment! Just crossed 2000 today. Might as well do big miles since Oregon is so easy. I’m not sure how long I’ll stay in WA when I finish. Haven’t even thought about it yet. Hope you got your bear can

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