Miles: 6 and a zero
Camp: The Toaster House in Pie Town mile 311
With only 6 miles between us and town, our group made record time out of camp. We were hitting that ol dirt road 20 minutes earlier than usual, walking with purpose. That purpose was food.
Walking into Pie Town was like a dream. We went straight to the Toaster House to claim beds and ran into some friends that are ahead of us. The Toaster House is owned by a trail angel named Nita. It’s a quaint old home with a fence adorned with toasters, an old wood burning stove, a stocked pantry, showers and laundry…it’s a great space for hikers to come and rest.
We spent a lot of relaxing time listening to music, soaking our feet, eating lots of great food (large smothered breakfast burritos and pie!), drinking beer, playing cards, having a campfire and making new friends. It was the most content feeling to be here and take some time off of hiking.
We are here with the Warrior Hikers (www.warriorexpeditions.org) a group of 5 veterans who are part of a program that sponsors their hike. They are doing research on the therapy of a long hike as a treatment for PTSD. It has been really eye opening to spend time with some of these guys and hear their stories.
The town decided to put on a dinner in honor of the warrior hikers tonight. They had a potluck and we were all invited. We went to the community center and ate salad, pasta, green beans with bacon, boiled peanuts, garlic bread and pie. It was a wonderful dinner that we all feel quite satisfied from eating. I feel a good rest coming on before we hit the trail again tomorrow. 4 days to Grants and another zero.