The picture below is Speck, Octane, and Karen. They are trail angels, who served us a little trail magic. They set up at a crossings on the trail, and provided cold drinks and lots of food. They served hotdogs and chili (I'd hate to sleep next to those hikers tonight) haha. I had some salt and vinegar chips, cold soda, and homemade sour cream pound cake. Yum! It was good timing because this is where we had set up a shuttle to go to the blueberry patch hostel. We had about a half hour to veg out with the trail angels before our shuttle arrived.
We only did 4 miles today to get some much needed rest on our feet.
I am having a problem with my Achilles tendons the last couple days. I need to figure out a solution quick before it prevents me from hiking. Other than that, I feel strong, and my muscles are no longer so sore. I may need to get some different shoes, but unfortunately had no luck finding some in this town.
I have my feet up right now at the hostel. It is a room with two three-bed bunks, and one two-bed bunk. All but two bunks are taken, so it's pretty cozy. The man who runs the place, Gary (with his wife Lenny), also provides a bathroom/shower room. They are very generous. They will be cooking a full breakfast in the morning. Turtle and Snail (zee Germans), are also staying at the hostel tonight. We went into town for a bit, and when we pulled into a parking lot of a motel with a hiker store, several other hikers shouted "Passionflower! Sparky!". It's pretty cool to be part of this hiking community.