Thursday, March 14, 2019

Diana dropped me off at the Gordon Hirabayashi Trailhead around 8:20 this morning. The plan was for me to hike SOBO. Then, after she picked up Amy at the airport, they would meet me at Italian Trap Trailhead late afternoon.

Heading south from GH, the trail was a nice mix of ups and downs. There was so much water, though! By noon I’d splashed through at least a dozen creeks. And this is supposed to be a dry trail! 

What Will Happen?

I had phone service around noon and tried contacting the ladies. No response. I soldiered on.

The trail seemed more uphill. It was cool to see snow-capped Mt. Mica in the distance, but growing ever closer. 

I reached our rendezvous point around 3:45. Uh-oh. The road was a creek. Clearly, they wouldn’t be able to drive to this “trailhead.”

I tried sending some Garmin messages, but got no response. I figured the wisest move was to backtrack two miles to Redington Road, a decent road. I sent a message to that effect. No response.

Que Será Será 

As I hiked those two miles, I figured I’d be camping alone tonight and would have to retrace my steps to GH tomorrow, where I’d have cell service and could reconnect.

I was thrilled, one mile in, to see Amy and Diana marching toward me! The roads confused them and they thought they were at the proper trailhead. No matter. We were together!

We found a camping spot around Redington Road and split a bottle of wine. Cheers to good friends!


P.S. We heard lots of coyotes tonight!

17.7 miles today 
149.3 miles to date
650.7 miles to go

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