I'm just finishing up a day and a half off in Big Bear City. I decided that since I hiked 10 miles to get here on Monday it wasn't really a day off. So instead of getting up, trying to finish my resupply, hitching a ride back to the trail and hiking 10 or 15 miles, I told the manager of the inn I'd be staying a second night.
I hitched a ride on highway 18 about 4 miles from town. A couple other hikers who'd been near me since Fuller Ridge arrived just in time to get a ride to town as well. I was planning on getting a room at Nature's Inn, Opus and Joe agreed to join me and we split the room. The inn is great, king size bed, 2 futons, kitchen, spa bathtub... all for $25 per person.
We ate lunch yesterday and breakfast this morning at Thelma's, one of the required restaurant stops according to my guide book. Lunch was a western cheeseburger and fries with a huge chili dog on the side. For dinner tonight I went to a mexican place for $1 taco Tuesday and had 9 tacos. I think the hiker appetite has kicked in.
I bought the next several days' worth of food at a couple stores, and rested my feet. The hiker next door has a blister the size of a quarter on the side of her heel. The few small blisters and sore spots I get aren't really that bad in comparison. While hiking your feet get into a rhythm and you don't notice how sore they really are until you stop for a while and try to get going again. My feet have definately swollen a bit. I got shoes a size and a half bigger than I'd normally wear in preparation for that. May try to find a wider pair next time. Steve got new shoes at Kickoff that were 12 EEEE and said the extra width helped a lot. Mine still have some miles left in them for now though.