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

Warner Springs

written Apr 29, 2017 @ 03:24 AM after hiking 8.37 miles

After my grueling 33-mile day yesterday, I hiked the remaining short distance into the town of Warner Springs -- my first resupply!

The first order of business was to pick up my packages (thanks, Tyler!) and sort through the goodies. After that was done, I limped next door to the only(?) restaurant in town and, being 10:45, had to order breakfast. While I was sitting there, other hikers streamed into town and did the same thing.

I wound up eating lunch with some fellow hikers. They were all planning on heading out the next day, while I am going to take a zero and nurse my feet back to health.

After lunch, I hobbled the 1.2 miles back to the campground, where I checked in, set up my tent, ate some Japanese KitKats that Tyler had snuck in, and did some seriously hardcore relaxing.

After a few hours, I put on my shoes (😩) and went to check out this outfitter that was set up in the parking lot in a Jetstream trailer. I wanted to see their opinion on my feet -- was it a "suck it up, cupcake" thing, or a gear issue?

Without saying a word, she took off my shoes and squeezed my size 11.5 feet into a 13 shoe and holy smokes! It was like night and day. She wasn't satisfied, though, and had me try on a 14. I walked around camp a bit, walked to my tent, and got my wallet. I guess they weren't kidding about your feet swelling.

After that, it was shower time! It may have been from a bucket, and using my dirty shirt as a washcloth, but I'll be damned if that wasn't one of the most-appreciated showers of my life. (I also did my laundry in the same bucket afterward)

Finally, it was time for dinner -- across the street, the local natives were selling tacos as a fundraiser, so for a few dollars I got a load of awesome food!

I think this ran me $7.

Shortly after that, I bedded down for my first (much-needed) zero day.