Woke up pretty early this morn doing research on stuff. Found out the steripen is damaged and wanted to exchange at rei. I ended up taking eves car downtown and she drove it back to her side of town. Got to rei and found out they're out of stock of steripens so I just got aquamira drops. Kinda bummed. After that, I started walking towards the Apple Store. Got pretty hungry and stoped by the Whole Foods to get some food. Arrived at the Apple Store and waited forty min before being helped. They took in my phone and told me it'd be around two hrs to fix.
I looked at the maps on their comps and memorized a few places I needed to go to since I wouldn't have my phone. I don't know portland very well so I didn't wanna get lost. I walked a ton all over dt and was so so tired. I finally get back to the Apple Store and pick up my phone. Apparently they sent an email out when it was ready and it actually only took thirty min. But I had no clue bc I had no way of checking email! So I loitered two hrs for almost nothing but not really bc I got some errands done. I had posted on our women's group needing a ride back to trail from Portland and this nice lady named Cathy offered since she works dt on Sunday's. I met up w her after and she was so kind! Totally going out of her way to take me back. We swung by eves to get my stuff and I said my official goodbye. Was a bit sad to leave her so soon but needed to back as this was my only reliable ride at the moment.
On the ride back to the locks, Cathy told me the history and places in the gorge. What a fascinating place! I wasn't super sure where I was staying but we checked out the campsite at marine park and saw lorian and Eddie. Heard from them that the hikers were running out of places to camp so this was actually the last resort. I said goodbye to Cathy and thanked her a million times for dropping me off. A complete stranger and she helped me so much. Hung out for a little and reorganized before bed. Lorian and Eddie made us some chili dogs for dinner. It was great. Saw ying before bed and I tried figuring out what I should do at trout lake. I really want a room but they're all booked for fri and only thurs/sat are open. I can either hike fast or hike slow. I chose to hike slow.