Day 18 - Zero day in Helena
Slept in even later today after a late night at the movies and eventually made it out the door to go to breakfast. Sparrow and I went to a little place called the No Sweat Café that had AMAZING breakfast burritos. Mmmm tasty.
Then it was on to a quick stop at the Base Camp outdoor store, the Post Office to mail my ice axe and Sparrow could pick up a package. While at the PO we ran into State Machine, Train, and Huck, who were there picking up packages and mailing things off. Apparently Bluefoot and Smiles stayed in Lincoln and may be bypassing Helena altogether. Hopefully we keep running into that group.
After that trip, we headed to the grocery store so Sparrow could buy food and I could update my blog. Then it was back to the house so Sparrow could repackage his food. While back at the house the weather started to look threatening (rain) so we opted to stay one more night here in Helena, and it sounds like tomorrow we may get a ride back to the pass with John and Luanne's daughter Laura. What a wonderful family! Certainly some of the nicest people I have had the opportunity to meet. Thank you for everything!
This town stop was definitely necessary for me to recharge both physically and mentally, and I am looking forward to getting back on the trail. It's hard to believe I'm already over 300 miles into the trail (1/10th of the total distance). If it keeps going like this I'll be in Mexico before I can believe it. The next section is a mere 113 miles to Hwy 2 into Butte, so it should be a pretty quick four days. The eleven days between East Glacier and Helena was a little long for me without a proper shower/laundry, and spending a fair amount of time hiking alone didn't exactly help either.