Day 109 – July 21, 2022
Zero in Portland, OR
0.0 trail miles | 0.0 tracked miles
It has been a few weeks since my last zero, so I am thoroughly enjoying my short stay in Portland, OR. Moreover, it feels wonderful to be in a large, functioning city. The slow pace of remote trail towns can be frustrating at times. Visiting Portland feels like a welcome, if temporary, return to civilization.
This morning, I finished resupplying for my journey to the Canadian border, and I shipped packages to four Washington locales: White Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass, and Stehekin. This approach will help me save time and put all logistical considerations behind me. I won’t need to leave the trail or hitchhike anywhere in Washington.
I’ve become an unlikely expert at maximizing the value of flat-rate boxes and navigating the maze of shipping options. In this instance, I had to use both FedEx and USPS since the businesses that will hold my packages at Snoqualmie Pass don’t have postal service. Fortunately, the FedEx store and the post office are just a couple of blocks apart.
I also sent a few tidbits back home in an ultimate effort to lighten up my pack for the final stretch. For example, I parted ways with my beloved down booties; while I always enjoyed the bit of extra comfort in my tent, it’s warm enough in the evenings that I can’t justify carrying them anymore.
The rest of the day was spent learning about mobile app development, indulging in some more food, and relaxing in the comfort of my suite.
Tomorrow morning, I will embark on a fun transit adventure to the PCT trailhead at Mt. Hood near Timberline Lodge. The journey will involve a streetcar, light rail, and then two buses. I am oddly excited!
Then, by the end of the week, I will reach the border with Washington, the last major milestone before Canada.