Day 12: Oracle Ridge and Oracle

I slept surprisingly well on the floor of the Post Office lobby last night. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the incessant coughing of our roommate, I probably would have slept the entire night through without waking at all. The Buff made an excellent blindfold to block the light, and the lack of wind, wild animal noises and dripping water made for one of the more peaceful nights I’ve had on the trail.

We were up early this morning and on the trail before sunrise (with the luxury of a real bathroom for morning necessities). We had a long 23 miles to our reserved hotel in Oracle, but the prospect of a bed, a shower and town food made every step a little easier.

The first 13 miles were painful with a rough, sometimes treacherous trail that descended nearly as steeply as yesterday’s trail ascended. Parker & I both fell a couple of times— minor scrapes & bruises only—and had several close calls. The last 10 miles was sweet, runnable single track—I’ve actually run that section in a trail race about 6 weeks ago, so I was looking forward to kinder, gentler trail. As soon as we hit the good stuff, we made tracks to Tiger Mine Trailhead where the hotel had a shuttle driver pick us up and bring us to ‘The Chalet’ by way of a local eatery and Circle K. Huge shout out to The Chalet—they cater to thru-hikers and have been extraordinarily helpful—exactly what we needed!

I have washed 8 days of trail grime off my body, and stuffed my face w/ honest-to-God homemade tacos washed down w/a couple of Shock Top beers. Parker & I are currently lounging in borrowed clothes provided by the hotel while we wash our filthy clothes in the free laundry facilities, and air out our sleeping bags & tent.

Tomorrow is a ‘zero’ day with nothing to do but plan the next leg, and the only walking I plan to do is back to the taco place for a breakfast burrito and maybe to the pizzeria for dinner.

Oh, yeah … also went over 200 miles today!

Daily Miles: 22.9
Total Miles: 208.7

 

11 thoughts on “Day 12: Oracle Ridge and Oracle”

  1. Thanks … I’m am officially a fan of the zero day … amazing how rejuvenating a day off can be … and a little bonding w/other hikers is also fun!
    —C

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