Sunday, August 20
Old Highway 99 South, Mile 1716.2 to Mile 1735.2
On my way back to Debbie & Barry’s house, I pass by a restaurant. From the front porch, someone yells my trail name. It’s Alladin from the SLOBO’s!!
I had just texted Alladin earlier this morning and was hoping to run into him on the trail today. Here he is now! He and Stabby (from Australia) invite me to join them for breakfast and so I have my second breakfast at Morning Glory. It was great catching up with Alladin. He & Stabby should only be a few hours behind me on trail do it’s likely I’ll see him again soon.
Debbie drives me back to the Trailhead just before noon and I’m off hiking again. It takes awhile to start churning out the miles because I forgot to take care of a few online things before leaving. Regardless, I’m grateful there is cell coverage here so I can take care of them now.
There are several section hikers on the trail today as well as a few more SOBOs. I question many of them about how they have or will approach the upcoming fire closure. No one has good answers. (Fortunately, I later am able to find turn by turn instructions on FB).
I have to also admit, even though my back sores have healed up and I was able to take the bandaging off, the chafing is starting again and my back is once again getting irritated. I am going to have to concoct some new crazy solution in the morning to help ease the rubbing. The pack towel I was using isn’t working 100% any longer. Not sure if this is due to the added weight of my pack (full food bag and return of warmer clothing layers). What I can tell you is that this issue is extremely frustrating!