I wrote this at the 303 mile mark, over 100 miles longer than my previous long distance hike.
In 300 miles, I’ve experienced +45 Celsius and snow storms; I’ve been through harsh, exposed desert terrain and pine forests; I’ve had physically, mentally, and emotionally exhilarating days and exhausting days; I’ve helped a collapsed hiker; I’ve seen new-to-me animals such as birds, snakes, lizards (and don’t forget the scorpion!); I’ve had the privelege of seeing the best in people through rides, drinks, and food.
Oh, PCT! What do you have for me over the next 2300 miles?
I’m feeling great all around: physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’ve identified my bigget weakness and the most likely reason I would quit as being in town. Knowing this, I can prepare myself for the emotional roller coaster I experience while at a restaurant thinking of friends or, as happened recently, the unexpected desire to bawl during Mad Max as I can think only of Adam and that we should be seeing this together. For most, towns are a great reprieve from the trail and a chance to recharge. For me, it reminds me of life outside of the PCT and how much I miss you, friends.
Mostly, I feel gratitude for the support I’ve received from you, my health, and life in general for being able to have this adventure. As when we cycled Canada, the trail simplifies life and makes you aware of what is important (water!). Try not to forget what truly matters to you.