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Begins: Feb 20, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jul 2nd, 2015
Entry Lat: 45.506212
Entry Lng: -69.028857

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KATAHDIN!!!!!

Yoyo here!!!

Well.....the deed is done! We started hiking this morning around 7:45 with quite a group: Me, Monica, Tweet, Anais, Deadline and his wife Denzy, Sycamore, Little Debbie, Merry and Pippin. The trail began easy enough, but once we were above tree line it changed to huge boulders and steep climbs. The weather was cloudy, windy and cold despite the cheery outlook we received the day before. We took a short break at Thoreau Spring, about a mile before the summit. Tweet and I walked the last few steps to the Katahdin sign which marks the peak hand in hand and grabbed and kissed the sign. All our friends were there, and even though we were freezing cold it was a warm, beautiful moment. I of course broke into tears as usual and screamed and cheered and clapped. After tons of pictures with the ladies and our friends we sat in the cold and ate some food and enjoyed our company. We then had a hike from Hell on the way down; my lower back and hip were in major pain but we eventually got back to the parking lot where we said goodbyes and Monica and I headed back to Monson to Shaw's for our final night in Maine.

This trip was way more than I expected in every sense. I wanted a challenge, something that I wasn't sure if I could finish. There are so many reasons why people can't finish: money runs out, motivation loss, major injury, family crisis, too many days of bad weather, the list goes on. So much of our success was because of the kindness of others, the kindness of Mother Nature, and pure luck. I told Tweet that I wouldn't do the hike unless he went with me, and our success was because we had each other. We both had very low points, but often the other was able to keep the trip going. I knew that I had a partner who could push himself while keeping a good sense of humor. If I could do it all over again, I would be starting again at Amicalola with my best friend Tweet.

The time spent outdoors in our beautiful country was unforgettable, and many of the people we met had an unbelievable impact on me. We learned so much from so many, and had so many moments where I was so aware of the joy in my heart and where I knew that life was rich and wonderful. The trail was the looking glass I was able to see that through.

These past 2,189.2 miles have been a life altering experience for me and Tweet both, and knowing that we had people following our journey was a big motivation to keep moving. Thank you all so much and remember, Hike you own hike, live your own life!!


Yoyo

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Appalachian Trail 2015

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org

 

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