a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 0. Bus drive from Mt. Shasta to Etna
We sleep in until 7am and then have some leftover pizza for breakfast (and later lunch, and later afternoon snack - this pizza was huge!) Once they open the laundry room we do our laundry and then take down our tent and walk over to the bus stop. There are plenty of blackberries on both sides of the street, and we happily pick and enjoy them. The bus to Yreka, where we have to change buses, soon arrives. The ride passes by quickly. The landscape around us looks rather dry, and it‘s very smoky and hot outside. I feel bad for people who live in this smoke almost every summer now.
In Yreka we only wait a couple of minutes and then board the next bus. We are the only passengers and there is no A/C. As I mentioned, it‘s really hot outside and thus we feel like sitting in an oven. It makes us quite sleepy, and sleep we do. We wake up when the driver inform us that we have arrived in Etna. Etna looks like a really small and dreamy town. We only heard good things about it, it‘s supposedly one of the nicest stops on the PCT!
We don‘t really know where to go from here. Should we first find a place to stay or do the resupply in the nearby Dollar General? We decide to shop first, so Dollar General it is.
We emerge about 40 mins later and 90$ poorer. Our cheapest resupply yet! No wonder, a lot of the items only cost us 1$! We meet other hikers out front who recommend to stay at the Hikers Hut which offers tenting or bunk beds for hikers but they also operate an actual Bed&Breakfast. We decide to walk there, in the midday heat. Not the best idea, we are soaked in sweat, carrying both our packs as well as our one week’s worth resupply in countless grocery bags. We get there eventually and like the place immediately. We chose to camp in the beautiful yard for 40$ rather than paying 80$ for two bunkbeds.
In the afternoon we mostly just chill, blog and take care of our e-banking. Later we head out for dinner at a supposedly very hiker-friendly restaurant/pub where we enjoy cool beers and burgers while watching an American football game (or is it Baseball? Or rugby? I can never tell!) on telly.
We later watch some friends episodes cuddled up in our tent. It feels good to be here. We already saw many more hikers and feel like we‘re part of the hiking community again, rather than bringing up the rear end of this year‘s PCT hiking season.