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Jo
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 22, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 18th, 2017
Trip Distance: 2,489.4

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 228
Journal Visits: 84,741
Guestbook Views: 5,193
Guestbook Entrys: 17

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Plotting the return

It’s been more than a month since we left the trail. After we left, I immediately began plotting our return to complete the last 276 (official) miles. I have mixed feelings about this because these are our final miles on this particular journey and I will be sad to see it end. To me, it has never been important to get there—it has always been about the journey, and what a journey it has been these last few years, both on and off the trail.

I have been thinking about the people we have met along the way, the lives that have touched our lives and the many kindnesses we have experienced, mostly from complete strangers, people we will never see again.

This year, our hike was so short (about 230 miles) and I feel cheated somehow. If we can arrange it, a big “if” with work obligations pressing, we are going to return in October for the final push to the border. By writing it down, it makes it more real.

In the meantime, this written record of our journey allows me to return to the trail whenever I want. I think that is why I took so long to update my journal this time. As I added each day, I was there again—

Anais Nin said, "Writers do not live one life, they live two. There is the living and then there is the writing. There is the second tasting, the delayed reaction.” So for now, the writing will have to do.

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