Whoever designed the last 6 miles of trail heading to Rd 23 into Trout Lake was obviously in a hurry to get there. They decided to abolish the concept of switchbacks completely, and instead just went straight up the hill, and straight down the other side.
The 23.9 miles I hiked to get here were relatively easy compared to the last two days. I only had to climb 2912 feet and descend 3697 feet which was a little kinder to the knees. But I really didn’t feel at all well today. I struggled to eat in the morning and had a mixture of hunger pains and a general feeling of unwell which lasted into the afternoon.
I did see the biggest elk this morning too, which at first I thought was a moose because it was SOOO big and had giant antlers, but I’m pretty sure there aren’t any moose around these parts. A few minutes later I saw a full herd of more elk (I think) without antlers. These must be the females? Obviously I know nothing about these creatures so feel free to educate me!
At lunch I managed to eat two bean burritos and had a good rest after putting in 13 miles before midday. But then after lunch I felt even worse in the stomach, and was pretty sure I would actually vomit at some point along the trail.
The nausea sensations remained with me for most of the afternoon but seemed to settle over the last few miles, maybe because the steep ups and downs were a good distraction. I hit Rd 23 just before 5pm and raced down to ensure a quick hitch into town. That quick hitch took over 1.5 hours. Only two cars went by in that time in the direction I was heading, and it was the second car that took me into town.
I managed to get to the one cafe just before closing time, had a burger, put my laundry in the laundry line, had a cold bath, and am now dressed in a sleeping bag in my room above the grocery store as I have no other clothing. I have saved 31.6 miles in the piggy bank thus far, and hope to keep up a good pace to reach Snoqualmie Pass for my post office pickup next Friday. I’ll be stopping at White Pass on Monday morning, but hope to make it a very quick detour and hit the trail again in the early afternoon.