Noelle here:

So admittedly I came here by Uber, bypassing the two-day uphill grind. That already had me feeling relaxed. But this town!!! Everyone asks about our hike, if we have a place to stay and if we need a ride. They really seem to love hikers. πŸ’•

You come to town and go to the Hardware store, sign a register, get a commemorative pin, view a long list of locals who want to host you, sit on the patio, charge your phone and leave your backpack while you wander around town. So nice!!! And everything is close together!

The Village Grind gives hikers a free cup of coffee. The gas station gives hot dogs!

The grocery store has free items in bins for hikers. There were little deodorants. Lots of them, because what’s the point??? 🀣🀣🀣I did get a sandwich. It reminds me of the ones I love from Tokyo.

Yes that’s sparkling water in a fancy glass! And a Reader’s Digest from Winter 1966 that I’m reading, courtesy of our hotel room! What a treat!

Steve got here yesterday afternoon. I could see on the GPS that he was close to the trail head so I went to the hardware store. Of course, there were people there willing to give me a ride to get him! So fun to be able to pick him up. Another hiker came off the trail right then too, so we picked him up!

While I waited for him, I sat and talked with a young man who I first met on my descent back to the hotel a couple days ago. What an enjoyable way to pass an afternoon! He was such a delight and it turns out he and Steve actually camped next to each other last night but both being introverts, they didn’t even talk. 🀣🀣🀣. Andrew, I certainly hope we meet again. Although your fast legs are probably long gone by now!

So much kindness from people on this trail. I can’t say it enough. This morning we saw Two Shoes, who gave me some anti-nausea medicine the other day. It was so good to see her again when I was feeling human and could give her a proper thank you.

Tomorrow we hike again. I haven’t hiked for almost a week (well except for my out and back). I feel nervous and excited and restless (& rested) from sitting around. Here’s to recovering in trail towns!!