July 13 – 11mi
Susie Lake @ 1101mi
Those 11 miles were the last ones for me and the PCT this summer. I found a nice spot to camp and sat down on a log for a good, long think…
July 14 – 9mi
The morning came, and with it the deep feeling that I’d made the right decision to leave the trail and figure out the easiest way to make my way back home. Hiked back south to Echo Lake and got a hitch into S. Lake Tahoe. It felt weird but cool at the same time to be headed south.
9 miles back down the trail to finish things off. I can’t begin to explain everything that was running through my mind over those few hours. Relief, nostalgia, anticipation, a bit of regret…
July 15 – Scored a ride on the airport bus from Harrah’s Casino up to Reno. Walking through that place was completely nuts after being outside. Kind of sad also. There’s so much more out there as opposed to chucking money into a one arm bandit.
July 16 – Chill at the LaQuinta in Reno, waiting for my cheap Tuesday flight to Toronto.
July 17 – Left at 11:30pm to Chicago.
July 18 – After an all-night flight, a couple hour layover and a full tear down at Toronto customs, the Klumps were there to take me the last bit of the way. Tired, mildly annoyed, but so very glad to be heading back to my home.