It was a glorious day to complete the trail. The sun was out. Blue was in the skies. Unbelievable! This just doesn't happen in the Pacific Northwest. I had gotten quite used to at least 7 days of rain per week. I had to finish today.
It turned out to be a glorious day to sit on a rock. By 9:30 a.m., high tide had me stopped at 3 miles. By 2:00 p.m., my map showed I was still at 3 miles for the day. Sigh. But the ocean began to open up. The end was actually going to happen! I threw on the tunes to pump myself up. 2Pac. Luke Bryan. And some T-Swizzle. I shook off the cobwebs and booked it when the beach reappeared. I had to finish today. But night arrived, and I didn't make it. 12 miles was simply too much.
I decided to break one of my rules. I night hiked for miles. The end was too close to be denied. Now I need a good excuse to right my conscience. I think I'll go with I was low on TP.
I eventually got there. Cape Alava!! The western terminus of the PNT!
I took in the amazing scenery the next morning. It was another glorious, sunny day. Just out of control!
I cried. Coming out of the bushwhack and seeing the lake for the first time and also the oh, so elusive trail, it got to me. It's been a long time since I felt overwhelmed at the finish line, but this one got to me. This one meant a lot to me. I kept walking to the end crying as memories of all the trying moments I had endured since Mexico rushed back.
Was all that worth it for this?
Always. I had walked so far and got to see the amazing.
Immediately after getting dropped off at the McDonald's in Steamboat Springs, CO, I ran into a dude from Point6 cycling to work. He was able to recognize hiker trash of the CDT kind and extended me an invite to the company's office. I happily accepted.
As I was browsing the selection of socks showcased in Point6's office, Mr. Socks dude went to the secret vault, came back, and slapped some socks on the table. My heart began to race. My eyes went full Smeagol. I started drooling. In front of me were Point6's latest ultralight wool socks! Not even on the market yet. And check out dem colors!! I had to have. Mr. Socks offered that I take them on a test drive. Absolutely!
Thank you so much, Point6, for your support on the CDT and also the GDT!!
If you haven't heard of Point6, it's a CO-based company that makes merino wool socks with a lifetime warranty. The company was created by the same people who founded SmartWool. Also, some big name ambassadors represent the company such as Heather "Anish" Anderson and The Real Hiking Viking.
Be sure to check them out!