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Eddi - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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Eddi "Vegematic" Minche
City: Atlanta
State: Georgia
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 23, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Oct 1st, 2008
Start: Hopkins Lake
End: Manning Park Lodge
Daily Distance: 14.4
Trip Distance: 2,657.2

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,429
Journal Visits: 91,709
Guestbook Views: 12,780
Guestbook Entrys: 134

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End of a long walk


We got our usual early start -- and headed for the border. 6.3 miles. At 9:00, our usual break time McTall said "let's take a break". I threatened him with bodily harm and said -- keep your butt moving, we're not stopping until we get to the border. At 9:07 -- there it was. We jumped up and down and hugged each other -- We made it!

We fumbled around with the monument looking for the Trail register -- finally figured out how to get the top off of the silver obelisk and I signed my name and offered words of congratulations to my fellow hikers. In just a few minutes, Clean Machine & Sauerkraut rushed up and we all congratulated ourselves and each other again. Cameras were everywhere and it was a photo fest, taking turns posing.

The next 8 miles were totally anticlimatic -- the trail really sucked -- viewless, overgrown and mostly on an old road bed. But, we got to the lodge and happily checked in...our last stop.

I left a message for Tom and he called me, eager to help me celebrate. He did a heroic drive from Vancouver and arrived at 2:00am....

I owe so many thank yous to so many people. Linda the K, Ed McDowell, Margie Lou Bill Bob & Lisa are at the top of my list -- checking in on me and rooting me on. Paybacks are forthcoming! But for now, I'm beathing a sigh of relief -- the snow didn't chase us off the Trail, we had sunshine everyday of the last leg. And, I'm looking foward to celebrating in Vancouver with my loyal spouse. Ah, it's done.

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