[Aug 21] Leaving Cascade Locks (mile 2146.8). Next town: Packwood, WA.
I tried to go to sleep earlier last night, and was successful to some extent, though I was still a bit tired when I got out of my sleeping bag before 6 am today. My ankle feels better, though it still hurts a bit (more of a persistent dull pain), so I’ll have to take it easy today.
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With a long day in mind, I started hiking this morning a little after 6:30, to fairly nice weather. The early morning trail wound into and out of forest as it continued on its way north. Smoke from the fires continued to hang in the air, adding color to the morning sky.
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Hanging out with people is fun, but the late night last night wrecked my sleep schedule. I didn’t get to sleep until much later than I wanted, and as a result, didn’t get up until almost 10 am.
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Today was a low-key zero day, but still involved a fair amount of running around Ashland. It was also a forced zero. Although I was likely to zero here anyway, I didn’t have much of a choice: I needed to send a package via the USPS, as well as put something in and take something out of my bounce box, and since the Post Office in Ashland is closed on Saturday (yesterday), and Sunday, there would be no way to get out of town any sooner than tomorrow.
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I hadn’t really noticed it before, but sunrise has now noticeably shifted later: almost 6 am. The slowly drifting sunrise is, of course, making it harder to get up as early as I’d prefer.
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