ZERO AT CASCADE LOCKS
PCT Day 4: Sunday July 17, 2022
Mile 2147.6+0 miles today
By strange coincidence we ended up in the same room I had stayed in previously. Luckily this time the neighbours were quite, no fights over car keys at 2am.
Over breakfast at the cute Thirsty Cafe we decided that we will stay another night at the motel.
The advice for managing swelling is RICE – rest ice, compression and elevation. So that’s what I did. While icing, I caught up on the blog and Hammer watched the World Athletics Championship being held in Eugene, Oregon.
Cascade Locks is a nice small town on the banks of Columbia River. It is backed by imposing mountains carrying the scars of the Eagle Creek Fire. The most popular pit stop in town is the ice cream shop which has a neverending queue of customers. At lunchtime we resisted the tempting icecream but Hammer caved in and had the customary milkshake.
The reports from the trail northbound are encouraging. With the hot weather and more hot days on the way, the late season snow is melting fast. Not sure what this will mean for creeks crossings. We are looking forward to giving it a go. We are prepared to turn back if the conditions exceed our abilities.
I’m hoping the rest and other measures have contained the knee swelling. I remember my PT telling me that, as long as the swelling is gone the next morning after a night’s rest (etc.), you are doing okay. Fingers crossed for you!
That sounds like good advice from your PT. Mine was more concerned about creating lingering pain with new activities.
Happy birthday Step. What a lovely way to spend your special day.
Hope the RICE is helping. Your trip is looking wonderful… and your pics are just so beautiful. xxx
Thank you Lorraine. A rest day did a world of good.