How long can I live at a Motel 6? I try to figure out my options. I need to stay off my leg, my cash is tight, and I’m bored. My super-cool mother-in-law, Sandy lives about an hour and a half away. I call and try to get a sense of her schedule. I tell her about my leg and she says she’ll give me a call back. An hour later she has arranged everything. She and her friend, Marcia, are on their way to pick me up.


We stop at Bear Manor CafĂ© for some enormous food (plus, I end up eating half of the giant pancake that belongs to the women sitting at the table next to me). I chat with some hikers. One of them seems to have the same injury. We’re both going to rest and then get back on the trail.