Location- near trailhead
Elevation- 4,898 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 19.4 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 2588.8 miles
Weather/Temp-partly cloudy 50s 60s 70s
Pain level- low
Spirits/Morale- anxiously somber
Days without shower- 7
Got a late start around 9 this morning and had quite the melancholy day. As far as the hike goes, it was peaceful and uneventful. The colors are getting deeper and more abundant every day. They’re weren’t a ton of views, but the technicolor corridors surrounding the trail were more than enough to occupy your eyes.
The terrain and weather was a dream; pleasant, not difficult, smooth, gradual. Time seemed to fly by, and before I knew it, we were crossing our second to last road of the journey, slightly less than 20 miles into the day’s hike.
A short ways past the road, a former female thru hiker from earlier this year named Wildfire had set up some trail magic cooking burgers and making hot cocoa. We called it a day at her set up along with a few other hikers. Wildfire was promising pancakes in the morning. I wound up cooking all the brahts I had and sharing them with the other hikers.
I’m now cowboy camped on the side of a dirt road with Katana curled up in my sleeping bag. I have to admit, the excitement of finishing has faded. All I feel now is a sort of somber-ness knowing that this lifestyle is coming to a close soon…