I am a little disappointed that this part of the trail, which is so magnificent, was obscured by smoke. On the other hand I am thankful that the trail has not been closed and I was able to continue on my course. Everything east of the PCT is closed, I couldn’t see any flames but I know with that much smoke there are firefighters somewhere at risk.
Big milestone this day, we passed the 2600 mile marker. Summer is coming to a quick ending. Berries that were plumb and juicy yesterday are dry and leathery today. Suddenly, with no warning, the vine maples and tamaracks have turned gold.
I met with Janis at Harts Pass; she left the trailer in town and came to camp with me in the evening, bringing everything I would need to pack for the last leg to Canada.
Trail data: mileposts; 2589-2619, miles ridden; 31, trail time; 10:10, average speed; 3.0, minimum elevation; 4277, maximum elevation; 6977, total ascent; 6369, total descent; 4828
Total miles: PCT; 2107, Ridden; 2196