PCT DAYS 102-104: Rest days 12-14

Sunday , 24 July 2016- Tuesday July 26, 2016: Zero trail miles

Grounded for now.

It seems odd to be referring to this post as PCT days because we were well and truly off the PCT. But in my mind we were still connected to the trail and the separation  seemed temporary. For Hammer it is temporary but for me it will be rest days for some time to come. The reality of us separating is only now beginning  to fully sink in as the day of Hammers departure for the trail has arrived .

Since seeing the orthopeadic specialist and leaving Ashland we have been graciously hosted by Jim and his family in Salem. It has given us some space and time to make plans for the next 6-7 weeks or so that Hammer will take to complete the Oregon and Washington sections of the PCT.  We hiked with Jim in the desert and he too will go back on trail  this week to complete a couple of sections in California.  

Jims son Spencer and Hammer manning the pizza oven for Jims birthday celebrations.

We have been thoroughly spoilt in Salem getting out to see the local sights, enjoying some great food and just  resting. We are grateful to Jim and his family for sharing  the comforts of their home while we were in this unplanned transition. It has certainly  made it easier to accept and we are now ready to tackle the next stage. 
I will continue keeping this blog with Hammers despatches from the trail when I receive them. 

Hammer is ready to get back on trail looking less like a homeless guy.