Town Day! Taking a Nero or a Zero.
On our six month hike, we will be near a town every 2 – 7 days. Many times the trail will cross a road and this would be our opportunity to hitch a ride into town to stock up on food for the next section of the trail and run errands and probably eat some real food.
“Nero” – A partial zero-day. Walking not many miles. A typical day with a ‘Nero’ would be hiking part of the day and going into town and being off-trail to resupply. A Zero would be a day of no hiking on-trail. Full day in town usually running errands and resting.
Eat! Most likely before anything gets done in town is head somewhere and eat something. A big burger and some chunky fries and a cold beer would be a perfect reward since I would probably be thinking about ‘Town Day’ and that badass burger for the last 2-3 days as I walked up every hill.
“When someone smells good, they automatically become more attractive.”– Cosmopolitan Magazine, Feb 1996
Laundry would be done, where you strip down and probably wear your rain gear so you can wash all your clothes for 90 minutes as you try and find an open electrical outlet to charge our devices. If the laundromat has wifi… then we would upload and post some things we have saved in the bank.
Now we would have to get out our rain gear and get ourselves clean. Hopefully we have somewhere to hang our shit outside to dry like below at the Julian Lodge.
Shower! Along the PCT there are coin showers here and there and I’m sure everyone indulges in one if they find one. If we are not staying overnight in town we need to wash. If we are staying overnight in a room we would check-in and have showers and put on some clean clothes. For this example of ‘Town Day’ we will say that we are staying on the trail or at a campground near the trailhead in our tents with no room.
Resupply! We would need to stock up on the food we were going to bring on the next leg of the trip. Maybe we think it will be a four-day hike to the next road where we can get into a town to resupply next. We would have to find a general store and buy food that we can break down into meals.
- light to carry
- easy to split up
- high in calories to give us energy
- can be eaten as is without cooking (or boiled or hydrated with cold or hot water)
- food that is good value for what you are paying for.