Morning breaks and we have 10 miles of pure Highway 101 shoulder walking ahead of us.
We had stopped at a little camp store on our way in the night before and picked up some bacon, figuring we’d need a nice breakfast to start the day. We added it to the boxed rice you see by Meg’s foot.
Taking a rest and toilet break at the Lakeshore Myrtlewood store a few miles down the road. The owner was really kind and loved hearing about our adventure. We couldn’t buy any Myrtlewood items, but did get a little candy for the road.
Lunchtime at the trailhead to Erhart Lake (I think). Breakfast leftovers.
Our stop for the night is Tahkenitch Campground in the Siuslaw National Forest. There is a bit of a kerfuffle getting a site, but it finally smooths over and we have an abundance of wood to scavenge for a lovely fire.
Here’s where the story gets hard to write. Hindsight is a destroyer of innocence. To recap: Meg spent 4 months at the beginning of the year undergoing very aggressive chemotherapy treatments. She got a couple weeks off, then dove right in to very aggressive radiation treatments for 2 months. She was cleared to take this trip, but was warned, time and time again about possible symptoms that would make the journey harder for her. Getting tired more easily, shortness of breath due to decreased lung function, and chest pain from the pack due to brittle ribs and burned muscles all were predicted by her medical team. As they began to happen, it was not unexpected. This day however, she appears to be really suffering. Her stamina is shot and she is in a lot of pain and fears she pulled something in her ribcage. I am worried and suggest calling it all off, she wants to go a little further, see if she can recover overnight. If you knew her at all, you know she got her way in this…