/ˈzēˌrō/
(noun)
  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

McSlumber Party

written May 14, 2017 @ 03:59 AM after hiking 18.47 miles

Today is the day!

Let me back up. So at mile 341.87, there is a side trail. This isn't just any side trail, though. If you walk 0.4 miles down this trail, you wind up at a magical, wonderful place -- McDonald's.

Almost there!

For a few weeks of the year, this particular McDonald's gets invaded by filthy hungry hikers who show up, eat their weight in McDoubles, chicken nuggets, McFlurries, and everything else on the menu. It's an amazing day -- your Hiker Hunger is just starting to ramp up, and you're presented with infinite cheap calories, paired with the lifestyle that lets you eat like you've always wanted to, and no consequences.

Hikers take over McDonald's

So anyway, we rolled in, ate like $25/person worth of McDonald's food, had a food coma, and then finally rallied enough to hike another 5 or so miles.

My first round.

We chose this distance because there's a campground there, and the next one is 10 miles from McDonald's -- another 5 miles past ours, and all uphill.

Few hikers had the motivation (and ability) to hike 10 hard miles after eating thousands of calories, so the 5-mile campground became a natural meeting spot. It was awesome, because everyone congregated there and we had a big slumber party, with sleeping bag blankets and whiskey going around.

The crew

All in all, a wonderful day.