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Do you know any thing about the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon?

 
 
Reply Mon 3 Dec, 2012 06:04 am
I read this sentence in the book "Wild": 142 miles beyond that to my final box at Olallie Lake. Then I'd be on the home stretch to the Columbia River: 106 miles to the town of Cascade Locks, with a stop for the holy-****-I-can't-believe-I'm almost-there drink at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood at the midpoint of that final stretch.

Do you have a map of this stretch? Or could you explain this sentence to me? I have no idea what the 106 miles stand for here.

Big thx.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 3 Dec, 2012 06:39 am
@michaelzhang,
I've hiked pieces of the trail. I'll see if I can find a map.

"106 miles" means exactly that. She had 106 miles to go before she reached the Timberline Lodge (a hotel on Mt. Hood).
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 3 Dec, 2012 06:43 am
@michaelzhang,
You can download trail maps here: http://www.pcta.org/media/maps.asp#maps
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michaelzhang
 
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Reply Mon 3 Dec, 2012 06:57 am
@boomerang,
Thx. You are wonderful. If I had the chance to go to America, I hope I would hike the PCT too.
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 3 Dec, 2012 07:05 am
@michaelzhang,
I hope you get a chance to visit and hike the trail. It is so beautiful.

Be sure you bring mosquito repellent!
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 3 Dec, 2012 07:28 am
@michaelzhang,
Looking at the maps I realized I misread the sentence.

Cascade Locks is on the Columbia river.

The entire passage means.

From where she was she had 142 miles to get to her "final box"*. Once she reached that point she only had 106 miles left to hike: Olallie Lake to Cascade locks - 106 miles.

The Timberline Lodge is the midpoint between Olallie Lake and Cascade Locks -- 53 miles.

* You've probably figured out what she means by "box" by now, but just in case..... hikers mail provisions to themselves at stops along the trail so they don't have to carry too much. They pick them up at post offices. The provisions are commonly known as a "box".

michaelzhang
 
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Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2013 09:21 pm
@boomerang,
Yes, I have figured it out. THX. My Chinese translation of this book has already been published. Hooray!
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2013 09:36 pm
@michaelzhang,
Congratulations Michael.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2013 09:37 pm
@michaelzhang,
Wow!

That's fantastic!
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