Cheryl Strayed at Belden Town

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After Kennedy Meadows, Cheryl decided to bypass a challenging, snow-filled trail across the High Sierra. Instead, she caught a bus to Reno and hitched a ride to Sierra City, where she resumed her hike with 65 cents in her pocket. Here she is just before reaching her next resupply stop in Belden Town. "I was three weeks into my hike, but everything in me felt altered," she writes.