Took no pictures in town. Lots of chores. Woke up early and went to the grocery store (Vons). Then I organized my food. On the previous leg, I nearly ran out. So this time I bought a ton extra and am super excited to be able to eat as much as I want.
Then I walked quickly to the laundry mat to start a load. While that went on, I then went to the outdoor stores (there were 3) to buy... Auqamur, 2L Platypus (water bladder) and new shoes. Altra's!!
Aquamur is a water treatment system that doesn't require any filtering. My last bag on my filter broke and I am getting really tired filtering water. MC, Riley and Early Bird all use it and I am pretty excited to try it out.
I also ran to the post office to ship my old shoes and some paperwork home. After switching the laundry into the dryer, I was informed that checkout was at Noon... It was 11:15 am(I thought it was 1:00pm). With all of my gear at the motel, I ran back to take a quick shower and pack everything up. Leah went to the laundry mat to pick up our clothes (we split the load).
With all of the chores done, I went and ate lunch with a few others at a BBQ place. Then I called home, went to the bakery one more time, finally stopping at the coffee shop for a few hours.
Tried to hitch to Independence but without any luck, I decide to take a shuttle with those mentioned above. Our hope was to make it to the Onion Valley TH this evening. With no hope of hitching, we found another shuttle up to the trail, for a little less than the cost of staying in town for the night. Bought another subway sandwich before going up. It was for dinner.