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Day 110: Chester is the awesome-sauce

Day 110: Chester is the awesome-sauce

Day 110: Chester is the awesome-sauce
Start: 1325.52, Soldier creek
End: 1328.82, highway 82 –> to Chester
First:
Water Tank, you are an awesome man!
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Second:
Chris Carson, you are a wonderful woman!
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Third:
Peninsula Market owner, different Chris, you are a wonderful woman!
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Okay let’s rewind…
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I woke up maybe half an hour after light showed itself… And promptly went back to sleep.
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Then I woke up again. Okay okay, fiiiine I’ll get up. Not quickly. I started moving around 6:50, maybe left at 7:45. Easy hike, like 3.3 miles. Hit the road, and Water tank gave me a ride to town. Why “Water Tank”? Because at one point he hiked with TEN FREAKIN LITERS of water. He took me to subway where I proceeded to gorge myself on a triple mayo chicken breast subway sandwich with everything on it minus lettuce plus avocado.
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So yeah, a near-0 today (but but but! I did an extra five yesterday so it is okay right?)
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I walked to a local laundromat with pay showers, but with my measly 2-3 days of dirt and filth I wasn’t feeling inclined to bathe or wash my clothes. I DID find good public wifi there, and was happily wifi-ing away.
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I met Chris Carson. She was interested in what I was doing and I was happy to oblige until holy amaze balls she offered me a place to stay with a shower! I bought some beer, a watermelon, and medicated shampoo (need it about once a month for dandruff a.k.a. Yeast control, and I was overdue) and headed out over her cabins. I got clean, washed my hair twice and headed to the local grocery store/coffee shop to wifi away more.
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I ordered a frozen mocha, to “justify” my four or five hours of wifi use to upload more than a week of blog posts and got to work. I happily engaged in conversation about the trail with anyone who was interested, and kept on working. Eventually a blonde woman fed me a great spicy Kale salad and a decent broccoli salad that was probably eclipsed by the big bold favors of the first salad. Yum.
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She saw how hungrily I ate and brought me more food! Jeez, careful, I love the food but aren’t you going to get in trouble?? One of the things she fed me is this:
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Amazing Zucchini fritter–
Grated zucchini 2 parts
Egg 1 part
Cheese (Parmesan + goat in mine)
Spices as you like (cayenne?)
1/4 part flour as a binder
Cook in a pan with olive oil like you would cook pancakes
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The dish knocked my socks off! Not only because it was GOOD, but because I had just described my paleo diet desires, and PRESTO here is a perfect paleo dish I will eagerly replicate at home.
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Score!
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Then another woman gives me a generous serving of meatloaf and says something with a twinkle in her eye like “not to brag, but this is perfect meatloaf”… I agree!
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Turns out the first woman, the blonde woman Chris (second Chris), owns the store with her husband, and so it is okay if she wants to spoil me rotten.
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Let’s stop here for a second. I’m sorry, but days like today really don’t happen anywhere but the movies. I mean holy crap. Thank you.
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I went back to the cabin, recharged my phone (it was at 1% after uploading blog), schmoozed with my host, went to the bar, met a few pretty great single serving friends (fight club anyone?), facecracked a bunch, (and yeah, maybe it wasn’t wise to exhibit one of my more dramatic blog posts on Facebook earlier today) and the bar closed at 9:30ish (haha!) and here I am back at my cabin blogging away.
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What a great day.
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P.S. Emery boards + my feet are a good thing.

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Charlie Hough
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