Day four was pretty uneventful. I covered about 22 miles and then turned my tent into a swimming pool trying to set up I the rain. I was ready to get to town the next day.
With only about 14 miles to Breckinridge and the 100 mile mark coming up, I got up and after it. I had one last climb of about 1,800ft gain and then it was all down hill to town. Seeing civilization from town felt so strange. Everyone smelt like fresh laundry.
I had only four miles to go after mile 100. Coming down the hill I picked up speed. I worried about all the town chores I had to do. I needed to go the grocery store. I needed to do laundry. I needed a shower. I was hungry. I wasn’t even sure how far apart everything was. Suddenly out of nowhere Scott comes barreling down the trail towards me. “My wife is at the trailhead up here and we can give you a ride into town” he offered. Scott has a funny way of appearing when I need help the most.
We got to the trailhead and drove to the store. His wife, only knowing me for three minutes, let me use her discount card at the City Market and they waited for me while I shopped. After I picked up my groceries they drove me downtown and let me shop for a few hours. They said to call them when I was done and they would take me to my hotel. When I finished shopping I walked up to their friend’s house that they were staying at. They had already helped me so much I was just going to have them drop me off at a laundromat, but they offered to do my laundry there. Scott then drove me to my hotel and told me good luck. I’m not sure if I will see him again, but his kindness is something I will never forget.
Resupplying was pretty easy once I got past being in an unfamiliar grocery store. I knew what food to look for I just had to figure out how much to get. I started a list on trail of some foods I was craving which helped my selections. I also needed some more non-food items. It turns out that extra bags are really handy for trash, snacks, and other things on trail. I picked up some disposable razors and a few other toiletry items for the next day. Next item on the to do list was to look for new shoes.
I walked close to five miles around town scouring for any gear store that may have shoes. I struck out at everyone and finally decided I would just have my mom mail my running shoes from home. The trail runners I purchased have caused some discomfort so I was going to get something I know would be comfortable. I’ll have to wait another 70 miles until I get my shoes.
Once my chores were done and I was checked into my hotel, I laid all my gear out. I took a shower, organized my food, called my parents, iced my legs, and then headed to the bus stop to get dinner. It’s pretty crazy how a shower and a dry bed can make you feel after five days in the woods.
Pizza and salad were on the menu so I headed towards a place that was recommended by a local store. The wait was really long and it was already 7:30 so I tried out another place. I think I stumbled upon a lesser-known local place. It was fantastic!
I’ve been slowly figuring out how this all works. At first I was unsure how to set up camp or when to start hiking in the morning. I had to learn the storms and I had to learn what pace to hike. When I finally felt like I had grasped trail life, I had to relearn how to live in civilization. I felt silly walking around town with my pack and I’m sure I was stinky. Now that I’m adjusted to town it’s time to get back on trail! That’s how it works out here, you are always moving forward.