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Hit the trail early this morning under cloudy skies and cool temps. It is an 8.1 mile hike down to the border and the Northern Terminus of the PCT. I arrived at Monument 78 at 1014 and although it was from the opposite direction from originally intended, it was still a good feeling, sort of. There is still this empty void in the pit of my stomach that says I failed at my objective, but at least I have all my fingers, toes and most importantly, my life. I reckon I should be proud of the fact I made it 2,624.3 miles, and I am, but it's still not the same. I've been kicking myself by second guessing this or that; if I hadn't taken a zero day here or there, I would have beat the storm and would have made it, etc. I know I shouldn't be doing that, but it's hard not to. Although I'll be back next year to hike the 31 miles I missed, I'm not sure that will make me feel any better. Believe me, my mind is working overtime to figure out a way to complete the 31 miles this year.!
..but so far, I still think the conditions at the higher elevations are not conducive to hiking....but who knows.
Once Abie and I got to the monument, Abie took two small bottles of Champayne out of his pack for us to celebrate with....what a guy! (If the truth be known, it was probably Kathy's idea...) We took a bunch of pictures and had a snack and then headed back to the car. I guess I can now say I made it to the Northern Terminus of the PCT...just that there's a 31 mile gap in between the Southern and Northern Terminus....ah, just a minor detail (Ha!).
For all of you that have followed my journey, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your thoughts, prayers, words of encouragement, and emails have meant the world to me and helped keep me going.
This has been an incredible journey and the people I've met both on and off the trail have been nothing short of wonderful; they have all reaffirmed my belief in the human spirit!
Folks that deserve special recognition are:
* My wife Lee for letting me do this while she stayed home and worked her butt off. She continues to let me pursue my dreams and for that I'm forever greatful.
* My parents - their support, involvment and enthusiasim helped sustain me, especially in those early days in Southern California.
* Abie & Kathy - the absolute GREATEST two people I have ever met on the trail; Kathy was THE BEST hiking companion (aside from Lee) I could have asked for and Abie was the best Log Dog ever...thanks guys...our hiking days together aren't over yet!
* The Folks at Adventure 16 in San Diego - Best place to go for great gear and great customer service...thanks one and all!
I plan on putting together a CD or DVD of pictures I took along the trail during my 2,624.3 mile trek. If you would like a copy once I get something put together, free of charge, please send me an email with your name and mailing address and I'll be sure to send you one.
Again, thanks to one and all for your interest and support; it's been an incredible adventure and something I wouldn't trade for all the money in the world!
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org