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Begins: Apr 24, 2009
Date: Sat, Sep 19th, 2009
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Pacific Crest Trail Map
The Party Caboose awoke to rain at about 5:30 and started the push to the border. With steady rain we pushed through the last climb of the trip, along the last high ridgeline, and began the drop to the border.
I was expecting an overwhelming wave of emotions, but it never came. The excitement built through the last few miles. Some weekend hikers heading south congratulated me and informed me there was "a big party" waiting for me at the boarder. I saw the cut swath through the trees at about the same time I heard the celebrations a quarter mile up the trail at the border. The twenty or so people who finished about an hour ahead had lined both sides of the trail and cheered me across the border with high fives and enough energy to make it feel like I'd just hiked into a stadium.
DQ finished just ahead of me and the rest of the Party Caboose ran through the gauntlet about 10 minutes later, completing a 27 mile day by 3:00.
I've been walking from Mexico to Canada for the past five months and 2,650 miles, looking only ahead toward a goal, so I think I can be forgiven for having a difficult time looking back. It doesn't feel like a huge accomplishment. All I did was put one foot in front of the other for a lot of hours. I'm done with walking for now, but still looking only ahead.
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