Day 88 (20180626): 1708.2-1717.7 Heading to Ashland

Today was a rather short day as I had camped about 10 miles from Ashland which was my destination for today.

I woke up to a nice sunrise in the Grouse Gap Shelter on the hard concrete floor. As usual I started hiking around 6. First I had to hike back to the trail from the shelter.

The shelter I spent the night in

The shelter I spent the night in

Once back on the trail I periodically had to deal with a lot of brush. Besides the brush the trail was easy as it was generally downhill all the way. Like the previous many days I occasionally had views of Mount Shasta initially to the South and then to the Southwest.

Mount Shasta visible in the early morning light

Mount Shasta visible in the early morning light

As I got to the road to Ashland I headed to Callahan's Lodge and ordered a taxi to Ashland. I initially headed to a shopping center with a laundromat and did my laundry. While doing laundry I called my hotel and inquired about the availability of my room. They promised to call me back when it was ready.

After laundry I headed to The Great American Pizza for lunch. While there my room became available so I headed there after lunch.

I exploded my pack and took a shower. I also quickly took stock of my remaining food and then caught a bus to downtown where the post office is located. I collected my new shoes and went to Safeway to do my resupply.

This was my biggest resupply yet as I was resupplying for 11 days spread over four places as I would be sending boxes to three different places from here.

The big resupply I did in Ashland for most of Oregon and even one location in Washington

The big resupply I did in Ashland for most of Oregon and even one location in Washington

I caught the bus back to the hotel and started organizing the resupply. Mainly this consisted of unboxing all the bars but also repackaging trail mix and some crackers. Then I roughly divided it out to the different destinations based on miles. This was a bit difficult as one package is going to Washington and the rest to Oregon so I do not know exactly how many miles I will do a day.

I headed to the UPS store and shipped the packages. On the way back I got steak for dinner.

Once back in my room I cleaned some stuff and then just relaxed