|no name lake in the morning mile 2048 PCT|
|My soggy sleeping bag at 6:15am|
|Ollalie Lake Resort|
Later I bought batteries, snickers, a cup of coffee and some hand sanitizers. The store only had the red heet because it was all that they could get. It would have to do. I know that red heet will work, it just does not burn quite as hot and leaves some soot.
I decided that I would hang around all day and wait for Aimless to arrive and then we could find a campsite somewhere nearby where we would take our first zero day. I asked everyone who passed through if they had seen her, but no one had seen her.
I ate one of the yummy meals from my box while I waited.
What hike was it that she could not make? Could she make it to Olallie and get out on the road there or was she getting out at Breitenbush? Well now I had sort of an answer about her location but what exactly was going on was not clear. I decided to stay at Olallie a bit longer and see if other hikers knew what was going on.
|Just a few of the yummy dinners in the box that Sonya left for me|
I probably needed to get off the trail and sort out my satellite messenger, my intestinal troubles and more.
There was no cell phone signal, so Amy would make the call about three miles up the trail and after her break at Olallie.
Alternately, if you have a tank or a 4-wheel drive truck, you can drive here a slightly different way. Rather than turning off at FR4220, you can drive southeast on 224/46 for 48 miles until you reach an extremely well-marked sign for Olallie Lake at the junction with FR4690. Turn left onto FR4690 for 8 miles, then left onto FR4220 for approximately 11 miles, passing Olallie, Monon and Horseshoe Lakes until you reach Breitenbush Lake. The 2 mile section of road between Horseshoe and Breitenbush Lakes is among the worst sections of road in Oregon, and is not recommended for passenger car drivers with any consideration whatsoever for their vehicle. Seriously, it's really that bad. Consider yourself warned. http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Breitenbush_Trailhead
So I explained to Amy that I was hiking with Aimless, I had rode to the trail in her car and that my car was at her house so I was more that a friend of a friend of a friend. This seemed to make Amy even more upset, she said in an uncheerful tone of voice “I’m just trying to help” Then another hiker stepped up and thanked her for helping and then they both went and sat down. What had just happened? Why was I being treated like a stranger by the only person who had any real information on Aimless?
I wanted to discuss my options, but she kept interrupting me and offering me olives.
I had to get away from the psychosis in front of the store, that was all that I knew for sure.I decided that I needed to go back to Brietenbush. Sure I could have just continued on up the trail but I was worried about Aimless and I had not been in contact with my family for 3 days thanks to my satellite messenger breaking and I really wanted to take a shower, oh and I needed an entire box of Imodium. That was enough reason for me to bail.
So I went in an asked the store clerks what was the shortest route back to Breitenbush camp and they showed me how the roads connected up. I decided that rather than hiking 7 miles back to Breitenbush Lake that I would try to hitchhike. I bought two snickers for the road and I began to head out.
Somehow she managed to limp all the way to Brietenbush Lake Camp before she stopped. It took her 12 hours of hiking to get there. She had injured her groin and she could not bend her knee so she had spent the night sleeping on the picnic table to avoid having to crawl in and out of her tent. I’m not sure why I had been told that she was in “good spirits”, maybe she was, but she was injured too and no one seemed to notice?
|One of three shelters on the lake|
|King Bolete at Brietenbush Lake Camp|
|View from my campsite at Brietenbush Lake|
I called Delorme the next day and they are sending me a new Inreach device, no questions asked. I hope the new one is more durable.
|packing up to go back to Saint Helens|