Day 32 - Zero Day at the KOA

In trail lingo, a "zero" is a day you hike no PCT miles. A "nero" is when you hike just a few.

today was my third "zero" of the trip and it was gloriously relaxing. Heck, I didn't even put my shoes on until after it was dark. Flip flopping in my sandals all day was quite a luxury and gave my feet a chance to dry out and heal.

I washed my laundry and even my shoes, "so fresh and so clean clean." 

I washed my laundry and even my shoes, "so fresh and so clean clean." 

I discovered who was the lucky recipient of my mini water cache from day 2, it was my friends Lucky and Sweet Tea, the first two people I met on my first day of hiking. Wow, that was a month ago and Sweet Tea was super appreciative, saying he felt like he was dying of thirst when he found my bag of water.  

I caught up and played frisbee with them in the afternoon, here is Lucky eating off of the frisbee earlier in the day. 

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Lucky is a survivor of a traumatic brain injury and he and Sweet Tea are raising money to help others in recovery. Check out their fundraising page here:

www.highhopes.ws/hikeforhighhopes

It was so good to see them again!

A guy named Dave was giving hikers rides into town in his stretch limo. I didn't need to go anywhere but he still offered to drive me around the KOA to get a feel for limo riding.

Thanks Dave! 

Seriously. 

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He treated us to Champaign and we toasted with styrofoam cups. 

Me, Clay, Poodle Lips, Lucky, Unicorn, and Dave. 

Me, Clay, Poodle Lips, Lucky, Unicorn, and Dave. 

At dinner time, it was announced that Shawn, Maverick's roommate, had arrived with spaghetti and meatballs, several pizzas, a chocolate cake and a cooler full of beverages.

Hiker feed compliments of Shawn. 

Hiker feed compliments of Shawn. 

Shawn grew up in LA but his family is from Iowa and he spent many a summer there, familiar with all sorts of towns, even my hometown of Winterset. 

Shawn grew up in LA but his family is from Iowa and he spent many a summer there, familiar with all sorts of towns, even my hometown of Winterset. 

Speaking of Winterset, a grade school friend of mine arrived just after dark, and she and her friend Julio took me out to dinner at Sweetwater Cafe in Agua Dulce and then we all camped out at Vasquez Rocks, talking late into the night. I hadn't seen her in over a decade and it was such a treat to be in her company after all these years.

Thanks Danila!!!

<3 Will