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Jgregory - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 25, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Sep 21st, 2008
Trip Distance: 30.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 355
Journal Visits: 13,198
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Guestbook Entrys: 18

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Infintiy train ride

I’m currently sitting on a train that’s barreling through Minnesota, silently cursing the fact that I didn’t spring for a sleeper car. Other than two fitful nights, the trip has been as relaxing and scenic as I expected. We left Vancouver by bus several days ago, and have been on a train since Seattle. I’ve never taken a long-distance train before, but I figured after walking for four and a half months, a flight home would not be geographically subtle enough and I may freak out. Life on a train is pretty amusing, but with having to make “reservations” to eat “dinner” in the “dining room.” The food leaves something to be desired, but there is at least amble leg room in the seats, and a big window though which I can see the countryside passing by. We passed through Washington two days ago, going right by the trail town of Skykomish, where I saw from the train a diner in which I ate breakfast with Gator and Pacman several weeks before. Most of yesterday was spent in Montana, which after Glacier National Park was mostly plains as far as the eye could see. After that I lost track, though I believe that right now we’ll next to the Mississippi River.
Finishing the trail 6 days ago, spending three glorious hours at the Candanian border with Pacman, Pickles, Gator, Will, and Julia taking lots of photos, was well, not really the happiest day of my life, but it felt pretty good. That’s all. It just feels good, and I feel relieved, and thankful, that I was able to complete such a trip. Thankful for both the mental and physical stamina to keep going and enjoy myself. And especially thankful to every person I met on the trail that somehow contributed to the experience. And of course, myself, for being completely bad-ass. I really don’t know what else to say, so I think I’m going to sit back and enjoy the train ride.

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