a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 1901 to 1906.6. Diamond View Lake to Shelter Cove Resort.
We wake up at 6am to a freezing cold. There is actually a thin layer of ice covering the whole tent. Our shoes are icy, our sleeping bags are damp. And I still feel sick, not as bad as yesterday but still sick.
Trooper already left camp and after our usual 40 minutes of packing we are back on the trail again. It is a beautiful hike, even if I still don’t feel too well. We hike along a thundering river, pass huge trees which are covered in this gigantic, beard looking toxic green moss. And soon the 5 miles are already over and we finally arrive in Shelter Cove.
Shelter Cove is a small family resort next to lake Odell where people come to fish, to relax and to hike for a weekend. And today it is kind of busy, it is Saturday and Monday is Labour day, an official holiday in the States. As soon as we arrive, Trooper sees us and shows us where to find everything in the resort. He further tells us, that BigBro has just left some minutes before… Well, that’s a bummer, we were hoping to see him again here.
I start to feel hungry and we go get some breakfast food where we meet Rocket, Peachman, Freewheel and some other hikers. It is nice to see all of them again! We have a little chat and then grab our food, I have a chicken burrito and think it should be fine for my stomach.
Buuut...no, after 15 minutes or so I feel terrible again, have to run to the restrooms to throw up again. After this we decide to try to hitch out of Shelter Cove to find a doctor. We ask around if somebody knows someone who leaves in direction of Bend today, the next town from here. It turns out that the answer to this is no, but a fellow hiker offers me some antibiotics against Giardia, a parasite disease which is common in the hiker scene and causes the exact symptoms that I now have. One gets the parasite through contaminated water. And since we did not always filter our water, it is likely that I suffer from exactly this parasite. So I decide to take the pills. If it is Giardia I should feel way better the next day. We now decide to stay here in Shelter Cove, since it is possible that I might hike on tomorrow.
In the afternoon we lie down in the grass, enjoy the warm sun and listen to some hiker playing the guitar.
We pitch our tent in the hiker section of the Shelter Cove campground and go to bed fairly early. Hopefully tomorrow my stomach problems will be solved and we can continue our way towards Canada without any further delay.