Woke this morning feeling pretty refreshed. It was 15 miles to seiad valley. It was a very boring walk. I reached the campground at the bottom where the road walk begins. I waited for gb to poop and we took a break talking to this lady who lives in the woods and was protesting this logging project in the area. I didn't realize it was a long road walk into the town. I broke away from gb to poop and apparently he got a hitch so he didn't have to do the road walk. I did the whole walk into town and ate blackberries off the side of the road. They were so ripe and delicious! I also ran into heartbreaker. Was really good to see and talk to him.
I finally rolled into the tiny town with my feet hurting from the pavement. There is only a store, po and cafe. I dropped my pack off and saw gb. He said he had been there for about an hour already since he hitched but waited to get food with me. We order a chicken, bacon, avacado sandwich and I get a coconut milkshake. It was all so good. We see banjo and found out he ended up getting a bike and rode here from etna since his knees were hurting. I couldn't believe it! Then he will ride to Ashland the next day haha. He had duct taped a box onto the bike into a basket. So funny his little setup so I took pics. Snuggles was also here. I always love seeing those guys.
After lunch, we find a shaded spot in between some blackberry bushes for a nap. It was pretty awesome. Then we finally move after the sun hits us. We sit by the picnic tables w the million other hikers. Boy drogo finally shows up. Everyone got cold Arizona iced teas so I got one too. If you stepped foot into the sun, it was blazing hot. There is a lot of talk about the climb out of seiad valley is one of the steepest on the pct. It's almost a 5k ft climb over eight miles which isn't too bad in Washington terms. We were all dreading to head out in the heat. Ducky gets a ride on an ATV with a man up the hill. Some slack packers decide to hitch around it. I am surrounded by so many half hikers in this section. I want to climb the hill, there are no shortcuts for me.
We finally get going on the hill around 430p. It wasn't even that bad. We make it just a little halfway and camp at a spot on a ridge that has great service. Gb decides to cowboy and I pitch my tent. Today seemed nice and chill. My body is incredibly itchy from the sweat and dirty clothes. I already cannot wait for shower and laundry. The border is just a day away and Ashland is two. Can't believe this day will finally be here.